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hemolysis

[ hi-mol-uh-sis ]
/ hɪˈmɒl ə sɪs /
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noun
the breaking down of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin.
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Also called hematolysis.

Origin of hemolysis

First recorded in 1885–90; hemo- + -lysis

OTHER WORDS FROM hemolysis

he·mo·lyt·ic [hee-muh-lit-ik, hem-uh-], /ˌhi məˈlɪt ɪk, ˌhɛm ə-/, adjective
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Scientific definitions for hemolysis

hemolysis
[ hĭ-mŏlĭ-sĭs, hē′mə-līsĭs ]

The destruction of red blood cells, caused by disruption of the cell membrane and resulting in the release of hemoglobin. Hemolysis is seen in some types of anemia, which can be either inherited or acquired, as by exposure to toxins or by the presence of antibodies that attack red blood cells.

Other words from hemolysis

hemolytic adjective
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