the breaking down of red blood cells with liberation of hemoglobin.
Also called hematolysis.

1885–90; hemo- + -lysis

hemolytic [hee-muh-lit-ik, hem-uh-] , adjective
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haemolytic or (US) hemolytic (ˌhiːməʊˈlɪtɪk, ˌhɛm-, ˌhiːməʊˈlɪtɪk, ˌhɛm-)
of or relating to the disintegration of red blood cells
hemolytic or (US) hemolytic

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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.

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

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hemolysis   (hĭ-mŏl'ĭ-sĭs, hē'mə-lī'sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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