photolyze

[foht-l-ahyz]Chemistry

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.

Origin of photolyze

1935–40; photo(lysis) + -lyze, on the model of analysis, analyze
Related formspho·to·ly·za·tion, noun
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