- Immunology, Biochemistry. the dissolution or destruction of cells by lysins.
- Medicine/Medical. the gradual recession of a disease.Compare crisis(def 4).
Origin of lysis
- a combining form with the meaning “breaking down, loosening, decomposition,” used in the formation of compound words: analysis; electrolysis; paralysis.
Origin of -lysis
Examples from the Web for lysis
When Socrates speaks, Lysis and Menexenus are afflicted by no shame that they do not speak.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No answer is given in the Lysis to the question, 'What is Friendship?'
I dare say, Lysis, I said, that your father and mother love you very much.
In the Charmides, as also in the Laches, he is described as middle-aged; in the Lysis he is advanced in years.
There was also a circle of lookers-on; among them was Lysis.
- the destruction or dissolution of cells by the action of a particular lysin
- med the gradual reduction in severity of the symptoms of a disease
- indicating a loosening, decomposition, or breaking downelectrolysis; paralysis
Word Origin and History for lysis
"dissolution of cells, bacteria, etc.," 1902, from Latin lysis, from Greek lysis "a loosening," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
scientific/medical word-forming element meaning "loosening, dissolving, dissolution," from Greek lysis "a loosening, setting free, releasing, dissolution," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
- The gradual subsiding of the symptoms of an acute disease; a form of the recovery process.
- The dissolution or destruction of cells, such as blood cells or bacteria, as by the action of a specific lysin.
- Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration:hydrolysis.
- The disintegration of a cell resulting from destruction of its membrane by a chemical substance, especially an antibody or enzyme.