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photolyze

[foht-l-ahyz]Chemistry
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verb (used with object), pho·to·lyzed, pho·to·lyz·ing.
  1. to break down molecules with light.
verb (used without object), pho·to·lyzed, pho·to·lyz·ing.
  1. to experience photolysis.
Also especially British, pho·to·lyse.

Origin of photolyze

1935–40; photo(lysis) + -lyze, on the model of analysis, analyze
Related formspho·to·ly·za·tion, noun
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