noun, plural: hemolysins

An agent or substance that causes hemolysis.


Hemolysin may be an exotoxin protein produced by bacteria which can cause lysis of red blood cells, releasing hemologlobin.

Word origin: NL, comb. form repr. Gk haǐma blood + lysin.

Related phrases: kanagawa hemolysin.

See also: hemolysis.

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