the dissolution of the cells of one organism by the lysins of another Compare autolysis
(chem) Also called heterolytic fission. the dissociation of a molecule into two ions with opposite charges Compare homolysis

heterolysis het·er·ol·y·sis (hět’ə-rŏl’ĭ-sĭs, -ə-rō-lī’sĭs)
n. pl. het·er·ol·y·ses (-sēz’)
Dissolution or digestion of cells or proteins from one species by a lytic agent from a different species.
het’er·o·lyt’ic (-ə-rō-lĭt’ĭk) adj.


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