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

  • transitive v. To undergo or cause to undergo lysis.

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  • v. To burst or cut a cell or cell structure; to induce lysis.


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Back-formation from lysis.

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Back-formation from lysis.


  • In an important difference, bacteria killed this way did not lyse, or break apart, as they did under the influence of membrane-disrupting drugs.


  • She has a lys on her chest and lyse around the besagues small round 'shields' laced to the mail at the shoulder to defend the armpit. contrary to modern belief armor of the time was about 50 lbs or so.

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  • However, when viruses lyse bacteria, the nutrients are released in the water column within the organic compounds which were present in the cell.

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  • These toxins can remain inside algal cells (intracellular toxins), or they may be released into the surrounding water (extracellular toxins) during active algal growth or when algal cells lyse.

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  • In fact, one of the at first sight rather frustrating observation was that lysates of lambda-gal, which indeed could still cause the infected host cell to lyse as does wild type phage lambda, did not contain any structural components of lambda (phage particles, heads or tails) discernible in the electron microscope.

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  • But Elric's head contained no thoughts, only emo - tion flooded him-emotion he did not wish to ana - lyse.

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  • D'Alembert, the firm Baconianism of Diderot, the scrupulous analyses of Alexandre Deleyre in his Ana - lyse de la philosophie du Chancelier François Bacon


  • When pair bodys lyse in syn, pair sawls mai qwake & drede:

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  • Halobacterium cells were growing was diluted, causing them to lyse.

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  • We found that eDNA released by dead cells as they lyse, or blow up, was binding directly to the holdfast of the newborn swarmer cells and making it less sticky.



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  • Back-formation from lysis, from ancient Greek "loosening", "dissolving".

    April 5, 2011

  • Here's an example sentence from the Wiktionary definition of colicin: "A protein, secreted by certain strains of bacteria, that kills but does not lyse other strains."

    April 5, 2011