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cytoplasm

[ sahy-tuh-plaz-uhm ]
/ ˈsaɪ təˌplæz əm /
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noun Cell Biology.
the cell substance between the cell membrane and the nucleus, containing the cytosol, organelles, cytoskeleton, and various particles.
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Origin of cytoplasm

First recorded in 1870–75; cyto- + -plasm

OTHER WORDS FROM cytoplasm

cy·to·plas·mic, adjectivecy·to·plas·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cytoplasm

cytoplasm
/ (ˈsaɪtəʊˌplæzəm) /

noun
the protoplasm of a cell contained within the cell membrane but excluding the nucleus: contains organelles, vesicles, and other inclusions

Derived forms of cytoplasm

cytoplasmic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for cytoplasm

cytoplasm
[ sītə-plăz′əm ]

The jellylike material that makes up much of a cell inside the cell membrane, and, in eukaryotic cells, surrounds the nucleus. The organelles of eukaryotic cells, such as mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum, and (in green plants) chloroplasts, are contained in the cytoplasm. The cytoplasm and the nucleus make up the cell's protoplasm. See more at cell.
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Cultural definitions for cytoplasm

cytoplasm
[ (seye-tuh-plaz-uhm) ]

The material within a biological cell that is not contained in the nucleus or other organelles.

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