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Definition of Lysis

Lysis: Destruction. Hemolysis is the destruction of red blood cells with the release of hemoglobin; bacteriolysis is the destruction of bacteria; etc.

Lysis can also refer to the subsidence of one or more symptoms of an acute disease as, for example, the lysis of fever in pneumonia.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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