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etiolation

Pronunciation: e'te-o-la'shun

Definition:

  1. Paleness or pallor resulting from absence of light, as in persons confined because of illness or imprisonment, or in plants bleached by being deprived of light.
  2. The process of blanching, bleaching, or making pale by withholding light.

[Fr. étioler, to blanch]

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