[ foh-tol-uh-sis ]
/ foʊˈtɒl ə sɪs /
the chemical decomposition of materials under the influence of light.
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OTHER WORDS FROM photolysispho·to·lyt·ic [foht-l-it-ik] /ˌfoʊt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby photolysis
Definition for photolyses (2 of 2)
[ foht-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈfoʊt lˌaɪz /
verb (used with object), pho·to·lyzed, pho·to·lyz·ing.
to break down molecules with light.
verb (used without object), pho·to·lyzed, pho·to·lyz·ing.
to experience photolysis.
Also especially British, pho·to·lyse.
OTHER WORDS FROM photolyzepho·to·ly·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for photolyses
/ (fəʊˈtɒlɪsɪs) /
chemical decomposition caused by light or other electromagnetic radiationCompare radiolysis
Derived forms of photolysisphotolytic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for photolyses
[ fō-tŏl′ĭ-sĭs ]
Chemical decomposition induced by light or other radiant energy.
Other words from photolysispho′to•lyt′ic (fō′tə-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for photolyses
[ fō-tŏl′ĭ-sĭs ]
Chemical decomposition induced by light or other radiant energy. Photolysis plays an important role in photosynthesis, during which it produces energy by splitting water molecules into gaseous oxygen and hydrogen ions.
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