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Hemolysis is the destruction of red blood cells with the liberation of hemoglobins, which diffuse into the fluid surrounding them.

When hemolysis occurs within the blood vessels, the body is unable to retain the hemoglobin, which is lost through the kidneys and imparts a red color to the urine, a condition called hemoglobinuria.

Thomas, C.L. 1985. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Co. Pub., Philadelphia. 2170.