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

  • n. Biology Dissolution of cells or protein components in one species by the action of lysins or enzymes from another.
  • n. Chemistry An organic reaction in which the breaking of bonds leads to the formation of ion pairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In organic chemistry, the splitting of a molecule to form a pair of oppositely charged ions
  • n. The disruption of blood cells by a heterolysin, or by enzymes from another species

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The destruction of cells by heterolysins. See autolysis.


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