from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Decomposition; dissolving; disintegration: hydrolysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix decomposition or breakdown
- suffix dissolving
- suffix disintegration
New Latin, from Greek lusis, a loosening; see lysis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek λύσις ("a loosening"); compare lysis. (Wiktionary)