[ ē′tē-ə-lāshən ]

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  1. A pathological condition of plants that grow in places that provide insufficient light, as under stones. It is characterized by elongated stems and pale color due to lack of chlorophyll.

Other words from etiolation

  • etiolate verb

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How to use etiolation in a sentence

  • Attention was drawn to the fact that by virtue of the laws which Darwin himself had discovered isolation leads to etiolation.

  • False etiolation depends on a similar abeyance of the chlorophyll, but in this case due to too low a temperature.

    Disease in Plants | H. Marshall Ward
  • Laying of Wheat and other cereals is a particular case of etiolation.

    Disease in Plants | H. Marshall Ward
  • It seems necessary to draw a distinction between this state and ordinary blanching or etiolation.

    Vegetable Teratology | Maxwell T. Masters
  • The last, in its wild state, is said to be pernicious, but etiolation changes the products and renders them harmless.