Of, relating to, or causing lysis: a lytic enzyme. (adjective)
Of or relating to a lysin.(adjective)
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Use "lytic" in a sentence
"It was established that in lytic infection with SV40 the whole viral DNA is transcribed in two nearly equal parts, one early, before the inception of replication of the viral DNA, the other late after"
"SV40) with the host cells in lytic infection and transformation."
"For this study, the researchers analyzed the decision circuit that determines whether a virus initially chooses the pathway that kills the host cell - called the lytic pathway - or the pathway where it remains dormant inside the host cell - called the lysogenic pathway."