a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: analytic; paralytic.
Origin of -lytic
see origin at lytic
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British Dictionary definitions for -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
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
Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition:lymphatolytic.
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