The breakdown of molecules by the action of heat.
- ‘In conditions similar to those encountered in burning domestic waste, thermolysis of Teflon produces halogenated organic acids, which act as greenhouse gases and may promote global warming.’
- ‘During thermolysis of blood the erythrocytes transition from biconcave discs to spherocytes.’
- ‘Most improvements in thermoregulatory ability might be expected to depend on mass-related changes in thermolysis and thermogenesis.’
- ‘Pyrolysis, also sometimes referred to as thermolysis, is defined as the thermal degradation of a substance in the absence or with a limited supply of oxygen.’