The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
sharp contraction and wrinkling of a plant cell upon dehydration. Unlike in plasmolysis, the membrane contracts together with the plasma and draws into the cell. This condition occurs when leaves wilt in a dry environment.
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