Definition of lysis in English:

lysis

Syllabification: ly·sis
Pronunciation: /ˈlīsis
 
/

noun

  • 1 Biology The disintegration of a cell by rupture of the cell wall or membrane.
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    • Inhibition of cell wall synthesis by penicillin resulted in disruption of the cell wall and lysis of the cell.
    • Presumably, the shock treatments that elicit bursting disrupt the balance of wall synthesis and lysis responsible for cell wall extension.
    • Apparently cinnamaldehyde blocks mitochondrial respiration and causes lysis of cultured liver cells.
  • 2The gradual decline of disease symptoms.
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    • Samples for alkaline elution were kept in ice during irradiation and successive treatments until the lysis step.
    • Hemoglobin measurements at timed intervals, used previously, are somewhat cumbersome and produce a relatively small number of measurements during a lysis time course.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin, from Greek lusis 'loosening', from luein 'loosen'.

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