Confused and have questions? We’ve got answers. With Chegg Study, you can get step-by-step solutions to your questions from an expert in the field. If you rather get 1:1 study help, try 30 minutes of free online tutoring with Chegg Tutors.

Haemolysis

From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Definition

noun

The lysis or the breaking open of red blood cell (erythrocyte) causing the release of hemoglobin into the surrounding fluid.


Supplement

Hemolysis has several causes: examples are exposure of erythrocytes to toxins and poisons, bacterial haemolysins, immune reactions like specific complement-fixing antibodies, hypotonicity, alteration of temperature, treatments such as hemodialysis, etc.


Word origin: from the Greek hemo-, meaning blood + -lysis, meaning to break open.

Also spelled as: hemolysis.
Related forms: haemolytic (adjective).

Synonym: hematolysis.
See also: hemolysin.