from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Shrinkage or contraction of the protoplasm away from the wall of a living plant or bacterial cell, caused by loss of water through osmosis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the contraction of the Protoplasm in active cells under the action of certain reagents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology the shrinking of protoplasm away from the cell wall of a plant or bacterium due to water loss


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