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karyolysis

[ kar-ee-ol-uh-sis ]
/ ˌkær iˈɒl ə sɪs /
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noun Cell Biology.
the dissolution of a cell nucleus.
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Origin of karyolysis

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

OTHER WORDS FROM karyolysis

kar·y·o·lit·ic [kar-ee-uh-lit-ik], /ˌkær i əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for karyolysis

karyolysis
/ (ˌkærɪˈɒlɪsɪs) /

noun
cytology the disintegration of a cell nucleus, which occurs on death of the cell

Derived forms of karyolysis

karyolytic (ˌkærɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for karyolysis

C20: from Greek, from karyon a nut + -lysis
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Medical definitions for karyolysis

karyolysis
[ kăr′ē-ŏlĭ-sĭs ]

n.
The dissolution of the nucleus of a cell by swelling or necrosis with the loss of its affinity for staining with basic dyes.

Other words from karyolysis

kar′y•o•lytic (-ə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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