EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective of, noting, or pertaining to lysis or a lysin. Origin of lytic
First recorded in
is from the
able to loosen. See
-ic a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: analytic; paralytic.
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Examples from the Web for lytic Historical Examples of lytic British Dictionary definitions for lytic adjective relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis of or relating to a lysin Word Origin for lytic
lutikos capable of loosing adj combining form indicating a loosening or dissolving paralytic Word Origin for -lytic
from Greek, from
lusis; see -lysis
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Word Origin and History for lytic adj.
"pertaining to lysis," 1889, from Greek
lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose). Related: Lytically.
word-forming element used in making adjectives corresponding to nouns in
-lysis, from Greek -lytikos, from lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
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adj. Of, relating to, or causing lysis. Of or relating to a lysin. suff. Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition: lymphatolytic.
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