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hemolysis

[hi-mol-uh-sis] /hɪˈmɒl ə sɪs/
noun
1.
the breaking down of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin.
Also called hematolysis.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; hemo- + -lysis
Related forms
hemolytic
[hee-muh-lit-ik, hem-uh-] /ˌhi məˈlɪt ɪk, ˌhɛm ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for hemolytic
  • It has led to a staggering rate of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a sometimes-fatal complication linked to kidney failure.
  • When this process is actively occurring, it is called a hemolytic episode.
  • hemolytic anemia and porphyria can also cause urine to take on these colors.
  • hemolytic anemias: red cell membrane and metabolic disorders.
  • hemolytic anemias: red cell membrane and metabolic defects.
  • hemolytic anemia can also cause a deficiency due to increased red blood cell destruction and increased need.
British Dictionary definitions for hemolytic

haemolytic

/ˌhiːməʊˈlɪtɪk; ˌhɛm-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the disintegration of red blood cells
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hemolytic in Medicine

hemolysis he·mol·y·sis (hĭ-mŏl'ĭ-sĭs, hē'mə-lī'sĭs) or he·ma·tol·y·sis (hē'mə-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The destruction or dissolution of red blood cells, with release of hemoglobin. Also called erythrocytolysis, erythrolysis.

hemolytic he·mo·lyt·ic (hē'mə-lĭt'ĭk)
adj.
Destructive to red blood cells; hematolytic.

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hemolytic in Science
hemolysis
  (hĭ-mŏl'ĭ-sĭs, hē'mə-lī'sĭs)   
The destruction of red blood cells, caused by disruption of the cell membrane and resulting in the release of hemoglobin. Hemolysis is seen in some types of anemia, which can be either inherited or acquired, as by exposure to toxins or by the presence of antibodies that attack red blood cells.

hemolytic adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for hemolytic

hemolysis

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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