Origin of karyolysis

First recorded in 1885–90; karyo- + -lysis
Related formskar·y·o·lit·ic [kar-ee-uh-lit-ik] /ˌkær i əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for karyolysis


  1. cytology the disintegration of a cell nucleus, which occurs on death of the cell
Derived Formskaryolytic (ˌkærɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for karyolysis

C20: from Greek, from karyon a nut + -lysis
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karyolysis in Medicine


  1. The dissolution of the nucleus of a cell by swelling or necrosis with the loss of its affinity for staining with basic dyes.
Related formskar′y•o•lytic (-ə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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