plasmolytic

plasmolysis

[plaz-mol-uh-sis]
noun Botany.
contraction of the protoplasm in a living cell when water is removed by exosmosis.

Origin:
1880–85; plasmo- + -lysis

plasmolytic [plaz-muh-lit-ik] , adjective
plasmolytically, adverb
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plasmolysis (plæzˈmɒlɪsɪs)
 
n
See exosmosis the shrinkage of protoplasm away from the cell walls that occurs as a result of excessive water loss, esp in plant cells
 
plasmolytic
 
adj
 
plasmo'lytically
 
adv

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plasmolysis plas·mol·y·sis (plāz-mŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. plas·mol·y·ses (-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.


plas'mo·lyt'ic (plāz'mə-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
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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.
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