- of, noting, or pertaining to lysis or a lysin.
Origin of lytic
- a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis: analytic; paralytic.
Origin of -lytic
Examples from the Web for lytic
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
- relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis
- of or relating to a lysin
- indicating a loosening or dissolvingparalytic
Word Origin and History for lytic
"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).
- Of, relating to, or causing lysis.
- Of or relating to a lysin.
- Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition:lymphatolytic.