noun (plural radiolyses)Chemistry
The molecular decomposition of a substance by ionizing radiation.
- Dihydrothymine structure is a well-documented DNA base lesion induced by radiolysis of DNA, and the biological relevance has been the subject of several investigations.
- It has been demonstrated using pulse radiolysis that ascorbate can regenerate [alpha] tocopherol from the tocopheroxylradical and that such regeneration may occur in the skin.
- X rays induce double-strand breaks both via direct absorption and radicals produced by radiolysis, which also cause a whole spectrum of other damages.
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