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hemolysis

[ hi-mol-uh-sis ]

noun

  1. the breaking down of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin.


hemolysis

/ hĭ-mŏlĭ-sĭs,hē′mə-līsĭs /

  1. 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.


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Other Words From

  • he·mo·lyt·ic [hee-m, uh, -, lit, -ik, hem-, uh, -], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hemolysis1

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

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Example Sentences

They found that this destruction, or hemolysis, was a “primary effect” of microgravity, which indicates that the anemia is caused by the astronaut’s environment.

Salivary gland emulsion added to a dilute suspension of corpuscles did not lead to hemolysis.

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hemolysinhemolytic anemia