noun Physiology.

the dissolution or degeneration of cells.

Origin of cytolysis

First recorded in 1905–10; cyto- + -lysis
Related formscy·to·lyt·ic [sahyt-l-it-ik] /ˌsaɪt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of cytolysis

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

British Dictionary definitions for cytolysis



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




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