osmotic shock

n.

The rupture of bacterial or other cells in a solution following a sudden reduction in osmotic pressure; it is sometimes induced to release cellular components for biochemical analysis.

Nearby words

  1. osmoregulation,
  2. osmose,
  3. osmosis,
  4. osmotic,
  5. osmotic pressure,
  6. osmous,
  7. osmund,
  8. osmunda,
  9. osnabrück,
  10. osnaburg


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