n. [Gr. bios, life; lysis, to loosen]
The disintegration of life or organic matter; the decomposition of organic matter as a result of the activity of living organisms; death; biolytic adj..

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  • Biolysis — Bi*ol y*sis, n. [Gr. bi os life + ? a dissolving.] (Biol.) The destruction of life. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • biolysis — [bī äl′ə sis] n. [ModL: see BIO & LYSIS] the destruction of life, as by microorganisms biolytic [bī΄ə lit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • biolysis — /buy ol euh sis/, n. Biol. disintegration of organic matter through the biochemical action of living organisms, as bacteria. [1895 1900; < NL; see BIO , LYSIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • biolysis — noun a) The decomposition of tissue and the subsequent death of the organism b) the decomposition of organic material by living organisms, especially by microorganisms …   Wiktionary

  • biolysis — Disintegration of organic matter through the chemical action of living organisms. [bio + G. lysis, dissolution] * * * bi·ol·y·sis bī äl ə səs n, pl y·ses .sēz decomposition by living organisms of sewage and other complex materials bi·o·lyt·ic …   Medical dictionary

  • biolysis — bi·ol·y·sis || baɪ É’lÉ™sɪs n. death, breakdown of an organism (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • biolysis — bi·ol·y·sis …   English syllables

  • biolysis — bi•ol•y•sis [[t]baɪˈɒl ə sɪs[/t]] n. bio disintegration of organic matter by the action of living microorganisms • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • biolysis — /baɪˈɒləsəs/ (say buy oluhsuhs) noun dissolution of a living being; death; the destruction of the phenomena of life, especially the chemical decomposition of organic matter. –biolytic /baɪəˈlɪtɪk/ (say buyuh litik), adjective …  

  • biolysis —   n. destruction of life or organic substance.    ♦ biolytic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

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