noun Cell Biology, Pathology.

the dissolution and disintegration of chromatin.

Origin of chromatolysis

First recorded in 1900–05; chromato- + -lysis
Related formschro·mat·o·lyt·ic [kruh-mat-l-it-ik, kroh-muh-tl-it-] /krəˌmæt lˈɪt ɪk, ˌkroʊ mə tlˈɪt-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chromatolysis

Historical Examples of chromatolysis

  • 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



cytology the dissolution of stained material, such as chromatin in injured cells
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chromatolysis in Medicine




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
Related formschro•mat′o•lytic (-măt′l-ĭtĭk) adj.
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