NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,048 terms related to cancer and medicine.
- listen (LY-sis)
- In biology, lysis refers to the breakdown of a cell caused by damage to its plasma (outer) membrane. It can be caused by chemical or physical means (for example, strong detergents or high-energy sound waves) or by infection with a strain virus that can lyse cells.