[ bahy-ol-uh-sis ]
/ baɪˈɒl ə sɪs /

noun Biology.

disintegration of organic matter through the biochemical action of living organisms, as bacteria.

Origin of biolysis

From New Latin, dating back to 1895–1900; see origin at bio-, -lysis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 biolysis

biolytic (ˌbaɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for biolysis

[ bī-ŏlĭ-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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