lytic
adjective Etymology: Greek lytikos able to loose, from lyein Date: 1889 of or relating to lysis or a lysin; also productive of or effecting lysis (as of cells) • lytically adverb

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  • lytic — [lit′ik] adj. [see LYTIC] 1. of a lysin 2. of or causing lysis …   English World dictionary

  • -lytic — comb. form used in making adjectives corresponding to nouns in lysis, from Gk. lytikos, from lytikos able to loose, loosing, from lytos loosed, verbal adjective of lyein to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie (see LOSE (Cf. lose)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lytic — (adj.) pertaining to lysis, 1889, from Gk. lytikos able to loose, loosing, from lytos loosed, verbal adjective of lyein to unfasten, loose, loosen, untie (see LOSE (Cf. lose)). Related: Lytically …   Etymology dictionary

  • -lytic — [lit′ik] [Gr lytikos < lytikos, able to loose: see LYSIS] combining form forming adjectives 1. of, relating to, or causing (a specified kind of) dissolution or decomposition 2. Biochem. undergoing hydrolysis by enzymes …   English World dictionary

  • -lytic — comb. form forming adjectives corresponding to nouns in lysis. Etymology: Gk lutikos (as LYSIS) * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective suffix Etymology: Greek lytikos able to loose : of, relating to, or effecting lysis (sense 2) electrolytic hydro …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lytic — Suffix having to do with lysis. For example, hemolytic anemia. * * * Pertaining to lysis; used colloq. as an abbreviation for osteolytic. * * * lyt·ic lit ik adj of or relating to lysis or a lysin also productive of or effecting lysis (as of… …   Medical dictionary

  • -lytic — a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in lysis: analytic; paralytic. [see LYTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • lytic — adj. of, relating to, or causing lysis. For example, bone metastases that involve lysis (destruction) of normal bone, typically seen in multiple myeloma, are described as lytic …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • -lytic — aff. a combining form meaning “breaking down,”“opposing the effects of,” occurring esp. in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in lysis: cytolytic; hydrolytic[/ex] • Etymology: see lytic …   From formal English to slang

  • lytic — /ˈlɪtɪk/ (say litik) adjective relating to lyte or lysis, especially adapted in biochemistry to hydrolytic enzyme action. {independent use of lytic} …   Australian English dictionary

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