-lytic


a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: analytic; paralytic.

Nearby words

  1. -long,
  2. -ly,
  3. -lyse,
  4. -lysis,
  5. -lyte,
  6. -lyze,
  7. -machy,
  8. -man,
  9. -mancy,
  10. -mania

Origin of -lytic

see origin at lytic

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British Dictionary definitions for -lytic

-lytic

adj combining form

indicating a loosening or dissolvingparalytic

Word Origin for -lytic

from Greek, from lusis; see -lysis

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Word Origin and History for -lytic

-lytic

word-forming element used in making adjectives corresponding to nouns in -lysis, from Greek -lytikos, from lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).

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Medicine definitions for -lytic

-lytic

suff.

Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition:lymphatolytic.

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