lytic

lytic

[lit-ik]
adjective
of, noting, or pertaining to lysis or a lysin.

Origin:
1885–90; < Greek lytikós able to loosen. See -lyte1, -ic

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-lytic

a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis:, analytic; paralytic.

Origin:
see lytic

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lytic (ˈlɪtɪk)
 
adj
1.  relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis
2.  of or relating to a lysin
 
[C19: Greek lutikos capable of loosing]

-lytic
 
adj combining form
indicating a loosening or dissolving: paralytic
 
[from Greek, from lusis; see -lysis]

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lytic
1889, from Gk. lytikos "able to loose," from lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).
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lytic lyt·ic (lĭt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or causing lysis.

  2. Of or relating to a lysin.

-lytic suff.
Of, relating to, or causing a specified kind of decomposition: lymphatolytic.

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lytic
osteolytic
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