nephrolysis

[nə-frŏlĭ-sĭs]
n.
  1. The operation of freeing of the kidney from inflammatory adhesions, with preservation of the capsule.
  2. The destruction of renal cells.
Related formsneph′ro•lytic (nĕf′rə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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