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Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration: hydrolysis.
[New Latin, from Greek lusis, a loosening; see lysis.]
n combining form
indicating a loosening, decomposition, or breaking down: electrolysis; paralysis.
[from Greek, from lusis a loosening; see lysis]
1. the dissolution or destruction of cells by lysins.
2. the gradual recession of a disease. Compare crisis (def. 4).
[1815–25; < Greek lýsis a loosening <ly-, variant s. of ly(ein) to loosen]
a combining form with the meanings “breakdown,” “decomposition” of or by means of the thing specified by the initial element: cytolysis; hydrolysis; photolysis.
[< Greek; see lysis]