Pronunciation: ă-nal′i-sis, -sēz
- The breaking up of a chemical compound or mixture into simpler elements; a process by which the composition of a substance is determined.
- The examination and study of a whole in terms of the parts comprising it.
[G. a breaking up, fr. ana, up, + lysis, a loosening]
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