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plasmolysis

[plaz-mol-uh-sis] /plæzˈmɒl ə sɪs/
noun, Botany
1.
contraction of the protoplasm in a living cell when water is removed by exosmosis.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; plasmo- + -lysis
Related forms
plasmolytic
[plaz-muh-lit-ik] /ˌplæz məˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
plasmolytically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for plasmolytically

plasmolysis

/plæzˈmɒlɪsɪs/
noun
1.
the shrinkage of protoplasm away from the cell walls that occurs as a result of excessive water loss, esp in plant cells See exosmosis
Derived Forms
plasmolytic (ˌplæzməˈlɪtɪk) adjective
plasmolytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for plasmolytically

plasmolysis

n.

1883, from French plasmolysis (1877), from plasmo- (see plasma) + Greek lysis "a loosening" (see -lysis). Related: Plasmolytic; plasmolyze.

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plasmolytically in Medicine

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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plasmolytically in Science
plasmolysis
  (plāz-mŏl'ĭ-sĭs)   
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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