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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or causing lysis: a lytic enzyme.
  • adj. Of or relating to a lysin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or causing lysis
  • adj. of or relating to lysin

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to lysis or the destruction of the cells of a part; producing lysis.


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

Greek lutikos, able to loosen; see -lytic.


  • It was established that in lytic infection with SV40 the whole viral DNA is transcribed in two nearly equal parts, one early, before the inception of replication of the viral DNA, the other late after

    Renato Dulbecco - Nobel Lecture

  • SV40) with the host cells in lytic infection and transformation.

    Renato Dulbecco - Autobiography

  • For this study, the researchers analyzed the decision circuit that determines whether a virus initially chooses the pathway that kills the host cell - called the lytic pathway - or the pathway where it remains dormant inside the host cell - called the lysogenic pathway.


  • The enzyme's slicing or "lytic" action also means that bacterial cell contents disperse, or can be removed by rinsing or washing the surface.


  • After several MRIs and CTs, Neil learned he had numerous malignant tumors up and down his spine and lytic lesions across his ribcage.

    Melissa Carter: Conversation With a Dying Man

  • April 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm wen en teh corse uv kitteh eevents et beecoms nessessesssarry fur wun kittehs tu deesolv teh pole lytic ul bondz wish has connectified dem tu anuthur…

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  • Classically, prostate mets to bone are "blastic" - that is, over-calcified, rather than "lytic".

    Horse-Zebra Hybrid

  • The viral genome replicates along with the host genomes, until some factors, such as DNA damage, induce the lytic cycle.

    Marine viruses

  • For prokaryotes in the ocean, it has been suggested that in nutrient-rich waters (characterized by a high abundance of hosts) lytic phages dominate, whereas in nutrient-poor waters (characterized by a low abundance of hosts), lysogeny dominates.

    Marine viruses

  • Experimental data have shown that lytic viruses can affect the diversity of host communities of Bacteria and Archaea.

    Marine viruses


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