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photolyze

[ foht-l-ahyz ]
/ 藞fo蕣t l藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), pho路to路lyzed, pho路to路lyz路ing.
to break down molecules with light.
verb (used without object), pho路to路lyzed, pho路to路lyz路ing.
to experience photolysis.
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Also especially British, pho路to路lyse .

Origin of photolyze

1935鈥40; photo(lysis) + -lyze, on the model of analysis, analyze

OTHER WORDS FROM photolyze

pho路to路ly路za路tion, noun
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