Definition of lysin in English:


Syllabification: ly·sin
Pronunciation: /ˈlīsin


  • An antibody or other substance able to cause lysis of cells (especially bacteria).
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    • The ancestral lysin proteins may be useful for future laboratory studies.
    • He and his colleagues began working with a phage that infects the anthrax bacterium almost exclusively and identified the gene encoding its lysin.
    • Solubilization of the cell wall with phage lysin also yielded a large M-protein molecule.


early 20th century: from German Lysine.

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