anatonosis

noun

an·​a·​to·​no·​sis
ˌanətəˈnōsə̇s
plural anatonoses
-ōˌsēz
: the process of adjustment of intracellular osmotic pressure of plant cells by variation of the sugar content of the vacuolar sap

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from ana- + Greek tonōsis strengthening

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anatonosis was in 1938

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near anatonosis

Cite this Entry

“Anatonosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anatonosis. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!