Attributive and in the genitive. Designating the lysis of cholera bacteria in the presence of antiserum and peritoneal fluid, later recognized as an example of specific lysis by antibody and complement.
Described by Pfeiffer in Zeitschr. f. Hygiene u. Infektionskrankh. 14 (1893) 59.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Muir (1864–1959), pathologist. From the name of Richard Pfeiffer, German bacteriologist.