Lysis means to split or separate. What prefix would you add to lysis to mean separate or split using water?

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Nov 28, 2016

Answer:

The term is hydrolysis.

Explanation:

Hydrolysis is the process in which polymers are broken down into simpler substances by the addition of water.

In the diagram below, the disaccharide maltose is broken down into two glucose molecules by the addition of water.

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In this diagram, a dipeptide is broken down into two amino acids.
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