haemolysis

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haemolysis, (US) haematolysis, (US) hemolysis or (US) hematolysis (hɪˈmɒlɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
the disintegration of red blood cells, with the release of haemoglobin, occurring in the living organism or in a blood sample
 
haematolysis, (US) haematolysis, (US) hemolysis or (US) hematolysis (hɪˈmɒlɪsɪs, -ˌsiːz)
 
n
 
hemolysis, (US) haematolysis, (US) hemolysis or (US) hematolysis (hɪˈmɒlɪsɪs, -ˌsiːz, -ˌsiːz)
 
n
 
hematolysis, (US) haematolysis, (US) hemolysis or (US) hematolysis (hɪˈmɒlɪsɪs, -ˌsiːz, -ˌsiːz, -ˌsiːz)
 
n

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haemolysis

breakdown or destruction of red blood cells so that the contained hemoglobin is freed into the surrounding medium. Antibody (lysin) attaches to the red cell but cannot cause bursting in the absence of a normal blood component called complement. Apart from normal breakdown of aged red blood cells, hemolysis is abnormal in the living but may be caused by inherited defects in the blood cells (e.g., hereditary spherocytosis, thalassemia), by chemicals, venoms, the toxic products of microorganisms, transfusion of the wrong blood type, or Rh incompatibility of fetal and maternal blood, a condition called erythroblastosis fetalis. It is a major finding in hemolytic anemia.

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