Etymology
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hydrolysis (n.)

"chemical decomposition by water," 1879, formed in English from hydro- + Greek lysis "a loosening, a dissolution," from lyein "to loosen, dissolve" (from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart"). Related: Hydrolitic (1875).

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lysergic (adj.)

in reference to a crystalline organic compound, 1934, from the -lys- in hydrolysis (thus from Greek lysis "a loosening, a dissolution," from lyein "to loosen, dissolve;" from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart") + the first syllable of ergot (a fungus from which the chemical was first obtained) + -ic.

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amylase (n.)

enzyme which brings about the hydrolysis of starch, 1885, from amyl + chemical suffix -ase.

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ribonucleic (adj.)

"of or pertaining to certain nucleic acids yielding ribose on hydrolysis," 1931, from ribo-, combining form of ribose, the sugar component, + nucleic acid.

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