Definition of hemolysis in English:


(British haemolysis)


  • The rupture or destruction of red blood cells.

    Also called hematolysis
    • ‘Intravascular hemolysis is the destruction of red blood cells in the circulation with the release of cell contents into the plasma.’
    • ‘Not all patients who develop the antibody will undergo red blood cell hemolysis.’
    • ‘Exposure to oxidative stress can cause acute hemolysis in these persons.’
    • ‘The authors begin by noting that bacteriologists had proposed various classifications of the streptococcus genus and that strains that produced haemolysis of red blood cells were thought to constitute a single unit or group.’
    • ‘The venom consists of proteins, polypeptides, and enzymes that cause necrosis and hemolysis.’