RE: [Histonet] (no subject)

From:"Smith, Allen"

Lyses is the the third person singular of the verb "to lyse".  It means "to cause the breakdown of."  E.g., "Complement lyses bacteria," or, "Diastase lyses glycogen." 
Once in a blue moon, lyses is used as the plural of lysis, which is Latin for dissolving.  In English, lysis usually means breakdown.  In chemistry, it means the splitting of a compound into two parts.  In biology, it means the death of a cell and the disappearance of its parts.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
School of Graduate Medical Sciences
Barry University
Miami Shores, FL

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can anyone explain to me what lyses is....i have come across this term several times while studying for my exam.

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