the chemical decomposition of materials under the influence of light.

1910–15; photo- + -lysis

photolytic [foht-l-it-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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photolysis (fəʊˈtɒlɪsɪs)
Compare radiolysis chemical decomposition caused by light or other electromagnetic radiation

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photolysis pho·tol·y·sis (fō-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
Chemical decomposition induced by light or other radiant energy.

pho'to·lyt'ic (fō'tə-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
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photolysis   (fō-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Chemical decomposition induced by light or other radiant energy. Photolysis plays an important role in photosynthesis, during which it produces energy by splitting water molecules into gaseous oxygen and hydrogen ions.
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