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lytic

[lit-ik]
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adjective
  1. 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

-lytic

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

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Historical Examples

  • 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

lytic

adjective
  1. relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis
  2. of or relating to a lysin
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Word Origin

C19: Greek lutikos capable of loosing

-lytic

adj combining form
  1. indicating a loosening or dissolvingparalytic
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Word Origin

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.

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-lytic

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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lytic in Medicine

lytic

(lĭtĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or causing lysis.
  2. Of or relating to a lysin.
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-lytic

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