- the process of cell destruction through the action of specific lysins
- the gradual ending of disease symptoms
Origin of lysisModern Latin from Gr, a loosening, dissolving: see lose
a loosening, dissolution, dissolving, destruction: catalysis, electrolysis
Origin of -lysisfrom Classical Greek lysis: see lysis
- Biochemistry The dissolution or destruction of cells, such as blood cells or bacteria, as by the action of a specific lysin that disrupts the cell membrane.
- Medicine The gradual subsiding of the symptoms of an acute disease.
Origin of lysisNew Latin from Latin a loosening from Greek lusis from lūein to loosen ; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration: hydrolysis.
Origin of -lysisNew Latin from Greek lusis a loosening ; see lysis .