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An agent or substance, such as an antibody or a bacterial toxin, that causes the destruction of red blood cells, thereby liberating hemoglobin.
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he•mol•y•sin(hɪˈmɒl ɪ sɪn)
any substance in the blood that initiates the dissolution of red blood cells, as a bacterial toxin.
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|Noun||1.||hemolysin - any substance that can cause lysis (destruction) of erythrocytes (red blood cells) and the release of their hemoglobin|
organic compound - any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
streptolysin - any of several hemolysins derived from strains of streptococcus
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