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photolyze

[foht-l-ahyz] /ˈfoʊt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), photolyzed, photolyzing.
1.
to break down molecules with light.
verb (used without object), photolyzed, photolyzing.
2.
to experience photolysis.
Also, especially British, photolyse.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; photo(lysis) + -lyze, on the model of analysis, analyze
Related forms
photolyzation, noun
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  • It is not expected to chemically react or photolyze in the atmosphere.
  • In water it will not appreciably hydrolyze, photolyze, or significantly biodegrade.
  • In cases where the chemical is expected to photolyze in the environment but no data are available, no value is entered.

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