-lysis


a combining form with the meaning “breaking down, loosening, decomposition,” used in the formation of compound words: analysis; electrolysis; paralysis.

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Origin of -lysis

From Greek; see origin at lysis
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British Dictionary definitions for -lysis

-lysis


n combining form

indicating a loosening, decomposition, or breaking downelectrolysis; paralysis

Word Origin for -lysis

from Greek, from lusis a loosening; see lysis
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Medicine definitions for -lysis

-lysis


suff.

Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration:hydrolysis.
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