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plas·mol·y·sis  audio  (plz-ml-ss) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. plas·mol·y·ses  (-sz) KEY 
Shrinkage or contraction of the protoplasm away from the wall of a living plant or bacterial cell, caused by loss of water through osmosis.


OTHER FORMS:
plasmo·lytic  (plzm-ltk) KEY (Adjective), plasmo·lyti·cal·ly(Adverb)


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