plasmolysis

[plaz-mol-uh-sis]

Origin of plasmolysis

First recorded in 1880–85; plasmo- + -lysis
Related formsplas·mo·lyt·ic [plaz-muh-lit-ik] /ˌplæz məˈlɪt ɪk/, adjectiveplas·mo·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
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plasmolysis

noun
  1. the shrinkage of protoplasm away from the cell walls that occurs as a result of excessive water loss, esp in plant cellsSee exosmosis
Derived Formsplasmolytic (ˌplæzməˈlɪtɪk), adjectiveplasmolytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for plasmolysis
n.

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

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plasmolysis in Medicine

plasmolysis

[plăz-mŏlĭ-sĭs]
n. pl. plas•mol•y•ses (-sēz′)
  1. Shrinkage or contraction of the protoplasm away from the wall of a living plant or bacterial cell, caused by loss of water through osmosis.
Related formsplas′mo•lytic (plăz′mə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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plasmolysis in Science

plasmolysis

[plăz-mŏlĭ-sĭs]
Plural plasmolyses (plăz-mŏlĭ-sēz′)
  1. 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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