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cytolysis Line breaks: cy|toly¦sis
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈtɒlɪsɪs/

Definition of cytolysis in English:


[mass noun] Biology
The dissolution or disruption of cells, especially by an external agent.
Example sentences
  • Eosinophils in vitro exhibited different stages of apoptosis, ending with secondary necrosis distinct from in vivo eosinophil cytolysis.
  • The background showed mild cytolysis with only occasional monotonous round cells that showed hyperchromatic nuclei with a delicate chromatin pattern and foamy cytoplasm.
  • Because NAC has a direct antioxidant action in lymphocytes, concern has been expressed that NAC supplementation would inhibit the natural mechanism of cytolysis by neutrophils.



Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪtəˈlɪtɪk/
Example sentences
  • As it has been found that this compound is cytolytic to human cells in vitro, the authors investigated whether it exerts the same effect on plant cells.
  • Host cells are rapidly killed by cytolytic enzymes or toxins.
  • Cells semipermissive to viral replication, such as neurons for herpes simplex virus, allow little viral gene expression thus enabling the development of latent infection even with cytolytic viruses.

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