Definition of etiolated in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈēdēəˌlādəd/


1(Of a plant) pale and drawn out due to a lack of light: etiolated mung bean seedlings
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  • These plants continued to grow without light and developed new etiolated leaves.
  • Exposure of etiolated cereal leaves to red light results in unrolling.
  • Small amounts of such products have been observed by other groups in protein samples from etiolated barley and wheat seedlings.
1.1Having lost vigor or substance; feeble: a tone of etiolated nostalgia
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  • He felt etiolated and unkempt.
  • Apart from an elongated waist which gave him the look of the etiolated shadow of a much taller man, he was not altogether bad looking.



Pronunciation: /ˌēdēəˈlāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Because of etiolation and necrosis, control seedlings were harvested after 90 days, the root systems washed with distilled water and plants dried at 60°C to constant weight.
  • Robustness, based on above-ground biomass/seedling height, was used as an indicator of the sturdiness of seedlings and may be regarded as the inverse of etiolation.
  • In an attempt to solve these questions, one fruitful approach has been the analysis of in situ absorbance and fluorescence spectra during etiolation.


Late 18th century: from the verb etiolate (from French étioler, from Norman French étieuler 'grow into haulm') + -ed2.

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Syllabification: e·ti·o·lat·ed

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