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n. pl. plas·mol·y·ses (-sēz′)
Shrinkage or contraction of the protoplasm away from the wall of a living plant or bacterial cell, caused by loss of water through osmosis.
plas′mo·lyt′ic (plăz′mə-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Botany) the shrinkage of protoplasm away from the cell walls that occurs as a result of excessive water loss, esp in plant cells. See exosmosis
plas′mol′y•sis(plæzˈmɒl ə sɪs)
the separation of protoplasm from a cell wall when water is removed by exosmosis.
plas`mo•lyt′ic (-ˈlɪt ɪk) adj.
Shrinkage of a plant cell caused by water loss.