Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to chromatinolysis: chromatolysis
The disintegration of the granules of chromophil substance (Nissl bodies) in a nerve cell body that may occur after exhaustion of the cell or damage to its peripheral process; other changes considered part of chromatolysis include swelling of the perikaryon and shifting of the nucleus from its central position to the periphery.
[chromato- + G. lysis, dissolution]
chromatinolysis(krō″mă-tĭn-ŏl′ĭ-sĭs) [″ + lysis, dissolution]
1. Destruction of chromatin.
2. The emptying of a cell, bacterial or other, by lysis.