a combining form with the meanings “living substance,” “tissue,” “substance of a cell,” used in the formation of compound words: endoplasm; neoplasm; cytoplasm.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -plasm
combining form representing Greek plásma. See plasma
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British Dictionary definitions for -plasm
n combining form
(in biology) indicating the material forming cellsprotoplasm; cytoplasm
Derived Forms-plasmic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -plasm
from Greek plasma something moulded; see plasma
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Medicine definitions for -plasm
Material forming cells or tissue:cytoplasm.
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