See also: lỹo and lyö

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  • ly- (before a vowel)

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Late 19th century, in terms like lyophilization (1894). From Ancient Greek λύω (lúō, to loosen, to dissolve), by analogy with -lysis, of same origin; from Proto-Indo-European *lewH- (English loose).

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  1. (chemistry) solvent, dissolving, dispersion; freeze-drying

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