plasmodesma

[ plaz-muh-des-muh ]
/ ˌplæz məˈdɛs mə /

noun, plural plas·mo·des·ma·ta [plaz-muh-des-muh-tuh]. /ˌplæz məˈdɛs mə tə/. Botany.

any of many minute strands of cytoplasm that extend through plant cell walls and connect adjoining cells.

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Origin of plasmodesma

<German (1901) <Greek plasmo-plasmo- + désma bond, fetter
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British Dictionary definitions for plasmodesma

plasmodesma

plasmodesm (ˈplæzməˌdɛzəm)

/ (ˌplæzməˈdɛzmə) /

noun plural -desmata (-ˈdɛzmətə) or -desms

botany any of various very fine cytoplasmic threads connecting the cytoplasm of adjacent cells via minute holes in the cell walls

Word Origin for plasmodesma

C20: from plasmo- + Greek desma bond
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