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[lit-ik] /ˈlɪt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, noting, or pertaining to lysis or a lysin.
Origin of lytic
1885-1890
1885-90; < Greek lytikós able to loosen. See -lyte1, -ic

-lytic

1.
a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -lysis:
analytic; paralytic.
Origin
see lytic
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British Dictionary definitions for lytic

lytic

/ˈlɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to, causing, or resulting from lysis
2.
of or relating to a lysin
Word Origin
C19: Greek lutikos capable of loosing

-lytic

combining form
1.
indicating a loosening or dissolving: paralytic
Word Origin
from Greek, from lusis; see -lysis
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Word Origin and History for lytic
adj.

"pertaining to lysis," 1889, from Greek lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose). Related: Lytically.

-lytic

word-forming element used in making adjectives corresponding to nouns in -lysis, from Greek -lytikos, from lytikos "able to loose, loosing," from lytos "loosed," verbal adjective of lyein "to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie" (see lose).

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lytic in Medicine

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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Related Abbreviations for lytic

lytic

osteolytic
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