[ sahy-tol-uh-sis ]
/ saɪˈtɒl ə sɪs /

noun Physiology.

the dissolution or degeneration of cells.

Origin of cytolysis

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

Related forms

cy·to·lyt·ic [sahyt-l-it-ik] /ˌsaɪt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cytolysis

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

British Dictionary definitions for cytolysis


/ (saɪˈtɒlɪsɪs) /


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

Derived Forms

cytolytic (ˌsaɪtəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for cytolysis


[ sī-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]


The dissolution or destruction of a cell.

Related forms

cy′to•lytic (sī′tə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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