|See exosmosis the shrinkage of protoplasm away from the cell walls that occurs as a result of excessive water loss, esp in plant cells|
|plasmolysis (plāz-mŏl'ĭ-sĭs) Pronunciation Key
Plural plasmolyses (plāz-mŏl'ĭ-sēz')
Shrinkage or contraction of the protoplasm away from the wall of a living plant or bacterial cell, caused by loss of water through osmosis. It results in loss of turgor and, in plants, wilting of the stems and leaves. If too severe, it can be fatal to the cell.