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[hi-mol-uh-sis] /hɪˈmɒl ə sɪs/
the breaking down of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin.
Also called hematolysis.
Origin of hemolysis
1885-90; hemo- + -lysis
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[hee-muh-lit-ik, hem-uh-] /ˌhi məˈlɪt ɪk, ˌhɛm ə-/ (Show IPA),
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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


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

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

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

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hemolytic in Science
  (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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