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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: he-mol'i-sis


Alteration, dissolution, or destruction of red blood cells in such a manner that hemoglobin is liberated into the medium in which the cells are suspended, by specific complement-fixing antibodies, toxins, various chemical agents, tonicity, alteration of temperature.

Synonym(s): erythrocytolysis, erythrolysis, hematolysis

[hemo- + G. lysis, destruction]

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