-lysis

-lysis

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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-lysis
 
n combining form
indicating a loosening, decomposition, or breaking down: electrolysis; paralysis
 
[from Greek, from lusis a loosening; see lysis]

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-lysis
scientific/medical suffix meaning "loosening, dissolving, dissolution," from Gk. lysis "a loosening, setting free, releasing, dissolution," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose). A French back-formation gave English -lyze for forming verbs from nouns in -lysis.
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-lysis suff.
Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration: hydrolysis.

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