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chromatolysis

[ kroh-muh-tol-uh-sis ]
/ ˌkroʊ məˈtɒl ə sɪs /
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noun Cell Biology, Pathology.
the dissolution and disintegration of chromatin.
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Origin of chromatolysis

First recorded in 1900–05; chromato- + -lysis

OTHER WORDS FROM chromatolysis

chro·mat·o·lyt·ic [kruh-mat-l-it-ik, kroh-muh-tl-it-], /krəˌmæt lˈɪt ɪk, ˌkroʊ mə tlˈɪt-/, adjective
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How to use chromatolysis in a sentence

  • Some of the cells of the anterior horn were swollen and the nuclei eccentric; chromatolysis had occurred in many of them.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley

British Dictionary definitions for chromatolysis

chromatolysis
/ (ˌkrəʊməˈtɒlɪsɪs) /

noun
cytology the dissolution of stained material, such as chromatin in injured cells
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for chromatolysis

chromatolysis
[ krō′mə-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]

n.
The disintegration of chromophil substance in a nerve cell body; it may occur after exhaustion of the cell or after damage to its peripheral process.chromolysis

Other words from chromatolysis

chro•mat′o•lytic (-măt′l-ĭtĭk) adj.
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