The splitting up (hydrolysis), or chemical decomposition, of fat. SYN: lipoclasis, lipodieresis. [lipo- + G. lysis, dissolution]

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li·pol·y·sis li-'päl-ə-səs, lī- n, pl -y·ses -.sēz the hydrolysis of fat
li·po·lyt·ic .lip-ə-'lit-ik, .līp- adj

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the process by which lipids, particularly triglycerides in fat, are broken down into their constituent fatty acids in the body by the enzyme lipase.
lipolytic adj.

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li·pol·y·sis (lĭ-polґə-sis) [lipo- + -lysis] the decomposition or splitting up of fat; see also lipidolysis.

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