Origin of plasma
- variant of plasmo- before a vowel: plasmapheresis.
- a combining form with the meanings “living substance,” “tissue,” “substance of a cell,” used in the formation of compound words: endoplasm; neoplasm; cytoplasm.
Origin of -plasm
Examples from the Web for plasm
He did not go into the details of his construction from a plasm new to biology.Gladiator
As a fact, the number and variety of kinds of plasm are immense.
There is usually a large number of them in the plasm of the plant-cells.
We cannot accept the skeletal formation as a fundamental structure of the plasm.
But this difference is easily explained by their difference in consistency, the crystal being solid and the plasm semi-fluid.
- protoplasm of a specified typegerm plasm
- a variant of plasma
- (in biology) indicating the material forming cellsprotoplasm; cytoplasm
- the clear yellowish fluid portion of blood or lymph in which the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended
- short for blood plasma
- a former name for protoplasm, cytoplasm
- a hot ionized material consisting of nuclei and electrons. It is sometimes regarded as a fourth state of matter and is the material present in the sun, most stars, and fusion reactors
- the ionized gas in an electric discharge or spark, containing positive ions and electrons and a small number of negative ions together with un-ionized material
- a green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone
- a less common term for whey
Word Origin and History for plasm
1610s, "mold or matrix, cast;" see plasma. Meaning "living matter of a cell" is from 1864.
1712, "form, shape" (earlier plasm), from Late Latin plasma, from Greek plasma "something molded or created," hence "image, figure; counterfeit, forgery; formed style, affectation," from plassein "to mold," originally "to spread thin," from PIE *plath-yein, from root *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)). Sense of "liquid part of blood" is from 1845; that of "ionized gas" is 1928.
word-forming element meaning "a growth, a development; something molded," from Greek -plasma, from plasma "something molded or created" (see plasma).
- Germ plasm.
- Variant ofplasmo-
- Material forming cells or tissue:cytoplasm.
- The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.
- Cell-free, sterilized blood plasma, used in transfusions.
- Protoplasm or cytoplasm.
- See blood plasma.
- Protoplasm or cytoplasm.
- One of four main states of matter, similar to a gas, but consisting of positively charged ions with most or all of their detached electrons moving freely about. Plasmas are produced by very high temperatures, as in the Sun and other stars, and also by the ionization resulting from exposure to an electric current, as in a fluorescent light bulb or a neon sign. See more at state of matter.