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noun Physiology.
  1. the dissolution or degeneration of cells.
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Origin of cytolysis

First recorded in 1905–10; cyto- + -lysis
Related formscy·to·lyt·ic [sahyt-l-it-ik] /ˌsaɪt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

    The Organism as a Whole

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British Dictionary definitions for cytolysis


  1. cytology the dissolution of cells, esp by the destruction of their membranes
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Derived Formscytolytic (ˌsaɪtəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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cytolysis in Medicine


  1. The dissolution or destruction of a cell.
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Related formscy′to•lytic (sī′tə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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