- a combining form with the meanings “living substance,” “tissue,” “substance of a cell,” used in the formation of compound words: endoplasm; neoplasm; cytoplasm.
Origin of -plasm
combining form representing Greek plásma. See plasma
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- (in biology) indicating the material forming cellsprotoplasm; cytoplasm
Word Origin for -plasm
from Greek plasma something moulded; see plasma
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Word Origin and History for -plasm
word-forming element meaning "a growth, a development; something molded," from Greek -plasma, from plasma "something molded or created" (see plasma).
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- Material forming cells or tissue:cytoplasm.
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