Lysis

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Lysis is a commonly used biological term that comes from the Greek meaning "to loosen"[1]. 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[2]. An example is a bacteriolysin which leads to the lysis of bacterial cells

References

  1. lysis.definition Dictionary.com Unabridged. Cited 30 November 2016 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lysis
  2. 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

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