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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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