the dispersal or disintegration of the microscopic structures within the nerve cells that normally produce proteins. It is part of the cell's response to injury.

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  • chromatolysis — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1901 the dissolution and breaking up of chromophil material (as chromatin) of a cell and especially a nerve cell • chromatolytic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chromatolysis — n. [Gr. chroma, color; lysein, to loosen] The solution and breaking up of chromatin; chromatolytic adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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  • chromatolysis — chro·ma·tol·y·sis …   English syllables

  • chromatolysis — /kroʊməˈtɒləsəs/ (say krohmuh toluhsuhs) noun the dissolution and disintegration of chromatin …  

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