A substance i.e., an antibody that effects partial or complete destruction of an animal cell; may require complement. SEE ALSO: perforin.

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cy·to·ly·sin .sīt-əl-'īs-ən n a substance (as an antibody that lyses bacteria) producing cytolysis

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cy·tol·y·sin (si-tolґə-sin) a substance or antibody that produces cytolysis (dissolution of cells); those with specific action for a certain type of cell are named accordingly, e.g., bacteriolysin, hemolysin.

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