Definitions

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

  • n. The destruction or dissolution of red blood cells, with subsequent release of hemoglobin.

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  • n. The destruction of red blood cells, and subsequent release of hemoglobin, at the normal end of the cell's life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lysis of erythrocytes with the release of hemoglobin; the breaking apart of red blood cells in the blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of dissolution of the blood-corpuscles (notably the red cells) by means of specific lysins (hemolysins). Also hematolysis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lysis of erythrocytes with the release of hemoglobin

Etymologies

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Compound of hemo- +‎ lysis, from Ancient Greek: αἷμα (aima, "blood") in combination with λύσις ("loosening").

Examples

  • Others suffer acute anemic reactions known as hemolysis when they come into contact with triggering substances often found in foods, medicines, and hygiene products.

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  • Others suffer acute anemic reactions (known as hemolysis) when they come into contact with triggering substances often found in foods, medicines, and hygiene products.

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  • Other symptoms are severe anemia due to hemolysis, which is destruction of the red blood cells, hemoglobinuria, which is hemoglobin in the urine, due to hemolysis, and pulmonary edema, or fluid buildup in the lungs.

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  • Essentially, when triggering substances are eliminated, hemolysis ceases and both acute and long-range implications are abated.

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  • Items such as soy -- an immensely widespread additive that often triggers hemolysis in G6PD sufferers -- are hidden in many products and are thus ingested by people despite their best attempts to avoid it, since even when it isn't expressly mentioned on a label it can be part of any of the additives, binders, and preservatives (the same is true for sulfites and other oxidants).

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  • That same year, the U.S. Army issued a document from its Medical Command announcing a G6PD deficiency screening program, after determining that certain anti-malarial agents being issued to soldiers could cause "potentially life-threatening hemolysis" in afflicted individuals.

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  • No mention was made of food-related hemolysis triggers, lifestyle therapies, or other sources of useful information.

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  • A number of common food-borne infectious agents (such as salmonella and E-coli) are also potential hemolysis triggers, as are certain strains of ailments such as streptococcus and influenza, suggesting that better public health and hygiene practices could ameliorate the disorder's effects.

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  • Nonetheless, despite its awareness of the disorder, the Army's treatment regimen for G6PD-deficient soldiers was merely the issuance of "alert tags" warning that the anti-malarial drug primaquine should not be administered and that similar hemolysis-triggering drugs should be administered with caution.

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  • Items such as soy -- an immensely widespread additive that often triggers hemolysis in G6PD sufferers -- are hidden in many products and are thus ingested by people despite their best attempts to avoid it, since even when it isn't expressly mentioned on a label it can be part of any of the additives, binders, and preservatives the same is true for sulfites and other oxidants.

    Randall Amster: The Most Common Disease You've Never Heard Of

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