- contraction of the protoplasm in a living cell when water is removed by exosmosis.
Origin of plasmolysis
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It is invisible in the living cell but is evident in plasmolysis.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Charles Sumner Boyer
Maceration, freezing and plasmolysis alike yield poor results.Alcoholic Fermentation
Sap vacuoles must be distinguished from spores, on the one hand, and the vacuolated appearance due to plasmolysis, on the other.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
- the shrinkage of protoplasm away from the cell walls that occurs as a result of excessive water loss, esp in plant cellsSee exosmosis
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- Shrinkage or contraction of the protoplasm away from the wall of a living plant or bacterial cell, caused by loss of water through osmosis.
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- 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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