Origin of thermolysis

First recorded in 1870–75; thermo- + -lysis
Related formsther·mo·lyt·ic [thur-muh-lit-ik] /ˌθɜr məˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thermolysis


  1. physiol loss of heat from the body
  2. the dissociation of a substance as a result of heating
Derived Formsthermolytic (ˌθɜːməʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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thermolysis in Medicine


  1. Dissipation of heat from the body, as by evaporation.
  2. Dissociation or decomposition of chemical compounds by heat.
Related formsther′mo•lytic (thûr′mə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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