Definition of -lysis in English:

-lysis

combining form

  • 1Denoting disintegration or decomposition in nouns specifying an agent.

    ‘hydrolysis’
    1. 1.1 Denoting disintegration or decomposition in nouns specifying a reactant.
      ‘haemolysis’
    2. 1.2 Denoting disintegration or decomposition in nouns specifying the nature of the process.
      ‘autolysis’

Origin

Via Latin from Greek lusis ‘loosening’.

Pronunciation

-lysis

/lɪsɪs/