[ sahy-tol-uh-sis ]

  1. the dissolution or degeneration of cells.

Origin of cytolysis

First recorded in 1905–10; cyto- + -lysis

Other words from cytolysis

  • cy·to·lyt·ic [sahyt-l-it-ik], /ˌsaɪt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby cytolysis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cytolysis in a sentence

  • The question remains: What could be the physicochemical nature of this cytolysis?

  • Any physical or chemical stimulus which can liquefy the lipoids causes cytolysis of the egg.

  • Some substance contained in the blood causes, presumably, a superficial cytolysis of the egg and thus starts its development.

    Darwin and Modern Science | A.C. Seward and Others
  • Membrane-formation is, therefore, caused by a superficial or incomplete cytolysis.

    Darwin and Modern Science | A.C. Seward and Others

British Dictionary definitions for cytolysis


/ (saɪˈtɒlɪsɪs) /

  1. cytology the dissolution of cells, esp by the destruction of their membranes

Derived forms of cytolysis

  • cytolytic (ˌsaɪtəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

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