cytolysis

[ sahy-tol-uh-sis ]
/ saɪˈtɒl ə sɪs /
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noun Physiology.

the dissolution or degeneration of cells.

Nearby words

  1. cytol.,
  2. cytologic smear,
  3. cytologist,
  4. cytology,
  5. cytolysin,
  6. cytolysosome,
  7. cytomegalic,
  8. cytomegalic inclusion disease,
  9. cytomegalovirus,
  10. cytomegalovirus disease

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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Examples from the Web for cytolysis

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



British Dictionary definitions for cytolysis

cytolysis

/ (saɪˈtɒlɪsɪs) /

noun

cytology the dissolution of cells, esp by the destruction of their membranes
Derived Formscytolytic (ˌsaɪtəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

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Medicine definitions for cytolysis

cytolysis

[ sī-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]

n.

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


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