the destruction of red corpuscles with liberation of hemoglobin into the surrounding fluid
Origin of hemolysishemo- + -lysis
The destruction or dissolution of red blood cells, with subsequent release of hemoglobin.
(countable and uncountable, plural hemolyses)
- (medicine) The destruction of red blood cells, and subsequent release of hemoglobin, at the normal end of the cell's life.
Compound of hemo- + lysis, from Ancient Greek: αἷμα (aima, “blood”) in combination with λύσις (lusis, “loosening”).