a combining form occurring in verbs that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: catalyze.
Also especially British, -lyse.

Origin of -lyze

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Word Origin and History for -lyze


word-forming element for making verbs corresponding to nouns in -lysis. Chiefly U.S.; the British preferring -lyse.

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Medicine definitions for -lyze



To cause or undergo lysis:hydrolyze.
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