lyo-


combining form

indicating dispersion or dissolutionlyophilic; lyophilize; lyophobic

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Word Origin for lyo-

from Greek luein to loose
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Medical definitions for lyo-

lyo-

pref.

Dispersion; dissolution:lyophilic.
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