plasmolysis


plas·mol·y·sis

noun \plaz-ˈmä-lə-səs\

Definition of PLASMOLYSIS

:  shrinking of the cytoplasm away from the wall of a living cell due to outward osmotic flow of water
plas·mo·lyt·ic \ˌplaz-mə-ˈli-tik\ adjective

Origin of PLASMOLYSIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1883

plas·mol·y·sis

noun \plaz-ˈmäl-ə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PLASMOLYSIS

: shrinking of the cytoplasm away from the wall of a living cell due to water loss by exosmosis

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