hemolysin

[ hi-mol-i-sin, hee-muh-lahy-, hem-uh- ]
/ hɪˈmɒl ɪ sɪn, ˌhi məˈlaɪ-, ˌhɛm ə- /

noun Immunology.

a substance, as an antibody, that in cooperation with complement causes dissolution of red blood cells.

Nearby words

  1. hemohistioblast,
  2. hemoid,
  3. hemolith,
  4. hemolymph,
  5. hemolysate,
  6. hemolysin unit,
  7. hemolysinogen,
  8. hemolysis,
  9. hemolytic,
  10. hemolytic anemia

Origin of hemolysin

First recorded in 1895–1900; hemo- + lysin

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Medicine definitions for hemolysin

hemolysin

[ hĭ-mŏlĭ-sĭn, hē′mə-lī- ]

n.

An agent or a substance, such as an antibody or a bacterial toxin, that causes the destruction of red blood cells, thereby liberating hemoglobin.erythrocytolysin erythrolysin

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