In these higher animals this protoplasm is known as germplasm, that in body cells as somatoplasm.
The somatoplasm arises from, and hence must be regarded as a modification of, the germ-plasm.
The germ-plasm can increase indefinitely in the lapse of generations, increase of the somatoplasm is limited.
The somatoplasm can only in the most general way affect the self-perpetuating, close corporation of the germ-plasm.
The process of changing germ-plasm into somatoplasm is one of disintegration.
From this point of view every individual consists of only two parts,—germ-plasm and soma or somatoplasm.
somatoplasm so·mat·o·plasm (sō-māt'ə-plāz'əm, sō'mə-tə-)
The entirety of specialized protoplasm, other than germ plasm, constituting the body.
The protoplasm of a somatic cell.