ectoplasm

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

noun

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

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Origin of ectoplasm

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ectoplasm

ec·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 forms of ectoplasm

ectoplasmic, adjective
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