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The dissolution or destruction of a cell.

cy′to·lyt′ic (sī′tə-lĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Microbiology) cytology the dissolution of cells, esp by the destruction of their membranes
cytolytic adj


(saɪˈtɒl ə sɪs)

the dissolution or degeneration of cells.
cy•to•lyt•ic (ˌsaɪt lˈɪt ɪk) adj.


the degeneration of cells. — cytolytic, adj.
See also: Cells
the degeneration of cells. — cytolytic, adj.
See also: Decaying
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Noun1.cytolysis - pathological breakdown of cells by the destruction of their outer membrane
lysis - (biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria
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Microorganism communities are regulated by the availability of nutrients (bottom-up control), the activity of predators (top-down control), and viral lysis.
NB-001 employs a physical mode of action to disrupt the outer membranes of pathogens and prompt viral lysis, essentially killing on contact.
Because SARS-CoV is classified as a risk group level 4 pathogen in Australia, all procedures performed with the virus, including infecting cell lines and viral lysis before RNA extraction, were carried out in a physical containment level 4 (PC4) laboratory.