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-lysis

1.
a combining form with the meaning “breaking down, loosening, decomposition,” used in the formation of compound words:
analysis; electrolysis; paralysis.
Origin
< Greek; see lysis
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British Dictionary definitions for -lysis

-lysis

combining form
1.
indicating a loosening, decomposition, or breaking down: electrolysis, paralysis
Word Origin
from Greek, from lusis a loosening; see lysis
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Word Origin and History for -lysis

scientific/medical word-forming element meaning "loosening, dissolving, dissolution," from Greek lysis "a loosening, setting free, releasing, dissolution," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).

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-lysis in Medicine

-lysis suff.
Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration: hydrolysis.

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