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photolysis

[foh-tol-uh-sis] /foʊˈtɒl ə sɪs/
noun
1.
the chemical decomposition of materials under the influence of light.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; photo- + -lysis
Related forms
photolytic
[foht-l-it-ik] /ˌfoʊt lˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for photolysis

photolysis

/fəʊˈtɒlɪsɪs/
noun
1.
chemical decomposition caused by light or other electromagnetic radiation Compare radiolysis
Derived Forms
photolytic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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photolysis in Medicine

photolysis pho·tol·y·sis (fō-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
Chemical decomposition induced by light or other radiant energy.


pho'to·lyt'ic (fō'tə-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
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photolysis in Science
photolysis
  (fō-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)   
Chemical decomposition induced by light or other radiant energy. Photolysis plays an important role in photosynthesis, during which it produces energy by splitting water molecules into gaseous oxygen and hydrogen ions.
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