- the destruction of cells of one species by lysins or enzymes derived from cells of a different species
- Chem. the breakdown of a compound into two particles with opposite charges
Origin of heterolysishetero- + -lysis
- Biology The destruction of cells by the action of enzymes originating from a source outside the cells, as from neutrophils.
- Chemistry A chemical reaction in which the breaking of bonds leads to the formation of ion pairs.