[ bahy-ol-uh-sis ]
/ baɪˈɒl ə sɪs /
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disintegration of organic matter through the biochemical action of living organisms, as bacteria.
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Words nearby biolysis
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British Dictionary definitions for biolysis
/ (baɪˈɒlɪsɪs) /
the death and dissolution of a living organism
the disintegration of organic matter by the action of bacteria etc
Derived forms of biolysisbiolytic (ˌbaɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for biolysis
[ bī-ŏl′ĭ-sĭs ]
Death of a living organism or tissue caused or accompanied by lysis.
The decomposition of organic material by living organisms, such as microorganisms.
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