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somatoplasm

[suh-mat-uh-plaz-uh m, soh-muh-tuh-]
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noun Cell Biology.
  1. the cytoplasm of a somatic cell, especially as distinguished from germ plasm.

Origin of somatoplasm

Related formsso·ma·to·plas·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for somatoplasm

Historical Examples

  • In these higher animals this protoplasm is known as germplasm, that in body cells as somatoplasm.

    Taboo and Genetics

    Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

  • The somatoplasm can only in the most general way affect the self-perpetuating, close corporation of the germ-plasm.

  • 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.

  • From this point of view every individual consists of only two parts,—germ-plasm and soma or somatoplasm.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for somatoplasm

somatoplasm

noun
  1. biology
    1. the protoplasm of a somatic cell
    2. the somatic cells collectivelyCompare germ plasm
Derived Formssomatoplastic, adjective
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somatoplasm in Medicine

somatoplasm

(sō-mătə-plăz′əm, sōmə-tə-)
n.
  1. The entirety of specialized protoplasm, other than germ plasm, constituting the body.
  2. The protoplasm of a somatic cell.
Related formsso′ma•to•plastic (sō′mə-tə-plăstĭk) adj.
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