a combining form with the meanings “living substance,” “tissue,” “substance of a cell,” used in the formation of compound words: endoplasm; neoplasm; cytoplasm.
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Origin of -plasm
combining form representing Greek plásma. See plasma
Words nearby -plasm
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British Dictionary definitions for -plasm
n combining form
(in biology) indicating the material forming cellsprotoplasm; cytoplasm
Derived forms of -plasm-plasmic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -plasm
from Greek plasma something moulded; see plasma
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Medical definitions for -plasm
Material forming cells or tissue:cytoplasm.
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