Lysis is a commonly used biological term that comes from the Greek meaning "to loosen". In a biological sense it means the degradation of a chemical compound (such as water) by a specific agent and it can also be the destruction of cells by a specific Lysin (which is a substance that causes cell lysis) such as an antibody. An example is a bacteriolysin which leads to the lysis of bacterial cells.
- ↑ lysis.definition Dictionary.com Unabridged. Cited 30 November 2016 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lysis
- ↑ lysis. (n.d.) Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health. The Seventh Edition.Published 2003. Cited 30 November 2016 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/lysis