[ hi-mol-uh-sis ]
/ hɪˈmɒl ə sɪs /


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

Nearby words

  1. hemolymph,
  2. hemolysate,
  3. hemolysin,
  4. hemolysin unit,
  5. hemolysinogen,
  6. hemolytic,
  7. hemolytic anemia,
  8. hemolytic disease of newborn,
  9. hemolytic jaundice,
  10. hemolytic splenomegaly

Origin of hemolysis

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

Also called hematolysis.

Related formshe·mo·lyt·ic [hee-muh-lit-ik, hem-uh-] /ˌhi məˈlɪt ɪk, ˌhɛm ə-/, adjective

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Medicine definitions for hemolytic


[ hē′mə-lĭtĭk ]


Destructive to red blood cells; hematolytic.


[ hĭ-mŏlĭ-sĭs, hē′mə-līsĭs ]


The destruction or dissolution of red blood cells, with release of hemoglobin.erythrocytolysis erythrolysis

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Science definitions for hemolytic


[ 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.
Related formshemolytic adjective

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