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Pronunciation: he-mol'i-sin


  1. Any substance elaborated by a living agent and capable of causing lysis of red blood cells and liberation of their hemoglobin.
  2. A sensitizing (complement-fixing) antibody that combines with red blood cells of the antigenic type that stimulated formation of the hemolysin, a fixing complement with the antibody-cell union resulting in lysis of the cells.

Synonym(s): erythrocytolysin, erythrolysin

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