Definition of etiolated in English:


Line breaks: eti¦ol|ated
Pronunciation: /ˈiːtɪəˌleɪtɪd


  • 1(Of a plant) pale and drawn out due to a lack of light: etiolated leaf segments the girl might have grown etiolated and bland like grass under stone
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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.
  • 2Having lost vigour 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: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • 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 etiolate + -ed2.

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