Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
"dissolution of cells, bacteria, etc.," 1902, from Latin lysis, from Greek lysis "a loosening," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
scientific/medical word-forming element meaning "loosening, dissolving, dissolution," from Greek lysis "a loosening, setting free, releasing, dissolution," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
lysis ly·sis (lī'sĭs)
n. pl. ly·ses (-sēz)
The gradual subsiding of the symptoms of an acute disease; a form of the recovery process.
The dissolution or destruction of cells, such as blood cells or bacteria, as by the action of a specific lysin.
Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration: hydrolysis.