-lysis


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

Nearby words

  1. -logue,
  2. -logy,
  3. -long,
  4. -ly,
  5. -lyse,
  6. -lyte,
  7. -lytic,
  8. -lyze,
  9. -machy,
  10. -man

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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Word Origin and History for -lysis

-lysis

scientific/medical word-forming element meaning "loosening, dissolving, dissolution," from Greek lysis "a loosening, setting free, releasing, dissolution," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).

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Medicine definitions for -lysis

-lysis

suff.

Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration:hydrolysis.

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