ectoplasm

[ ek-tuh-plaz-uh m ]
/ ˈɛk təˌplæz əm /
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noun

Biology. the outer portion of the cytoplasm of a cell.Compare endoplasm.
Spiritualism. the supposed emanation from the body of a medium.

Nearby words

  1. ectopic beat,
  2. ectopic pregnancy,
  3. ectopic schistosomiasis,
  4. ectopic tachycardia,
  5. ectopic testis,
  6. ectoproct,
  7. ectoprocta,
  8. ectopy,
  9. ectosarc,
  10. ectosteal

Origin of ectoplasm

First recorded in 1880–85; ecto- + -plasm

Related formsec·to·plas·mic, ec·to·plas·mat·ic [ek-tuh-plaz-mat-ik] /ˌɛk tə plæzˈmæt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ectoplasm

ectoplasm

/ (ˈɛktəʊˌplæzəm) /

noun

cytology the outer layer of cytoplasm in some cells, esp protozoa, which differs from the inner cytoplasm in being a clear gelSee also endoplasm
spiritualism the substance supposedly emanating from the body of a medium during trances
Derived Formsectoplasmic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for ectoplasm

ectoplasm

n.

1883, of amoebas, 1901, of spirits, from ecto- + -plasm.

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