[ lit-ik ]
/ ˈlɪt ɪk /
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of, noting, or pertaining to lysis or a lysin.
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Origin of lytic

First recorded in 1885–90, lytic is from the Greek word lytikós able to loosen. See -lyte1, -ic

Other definitions for lytic (2 of 2)


a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: analytic; paralytic.

Origin of -lytic

see origin at lytic
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How to use lytic in a sentence

  • Third, lytic agents in the blood serum may play the chief rle in the liberation of the toxic agent from its non-toxic combination.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley

British Dictionary definitions for lytic (1 of 2)

/ (ˈlɪtɪk) /

relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis
of or relating to a lysin

Word Origin for lytic

C19: Greek lutikos capable of loosing

British Dictionary definitions for lytic (2 of 2)


adj combining form
indicating a loosening or dissolvingparalytic

Word Origin for -lytic

from Greek, from lusis; see -lysis
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Medical definitions for lytic (1 of 2)

[ lĭtĭk ]

Of, relating to, or causing lysis.
Of or relating to a lysin.

Medical definitions for lytic (2 of 2)


Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition:lymphatolytic.
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