from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Death of a living organism or tissue caused or accompanied by lysis.
  • n. The decomposition of organic material by living organisms, such as microorganisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The decomposition of tissue and the subsequent death of the organism
  • n. the decomposition of organic material by living organisms, especially by microorganisms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The destruction of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dissolution of a living being; death, as the resolution of an organism into its constituent parts, and consequently the destruction of the phenomena of life.
  • n. The chemical decomposition, or breaking up into simpler compounds, of organic matter, brought about by living bacterial or other minute organisms, as in the case of sewage.


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  • Some academics, he writes, are working on a ... radical concept called biolysis that involves manipulating the metabolism of algae and other life-forms to release large quantities of hydrogen when they decay.

    Crossing the Red Line

  • These processes are known to be reversible, in that some of these peculiar energies cause physico-chemical changes in their own base; the process involved I propose to call biolysis, as I propose to call biolyte the substances produced.

    Manhood of Humanity.

  • Reality as we know it barely continues to exist, receiving only enough vitality to keep it from biolysis. Weekly Magazine [ Chukat-Balak 5769 - July 3, 2009 ]


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