- the process of cell destruction through the action of specific lysins
- the gradual ending of disease symptoms
Origin of lysisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek a loosening, dissolving: see lose
a loosening, dissolution, dissolving, destruction: catalysis, electrolysis
Origin of -lysis; from 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.