- Also plasm [plaz-uhm] /ˈplæz əm/ for defs. 1-3.
- plas·mat·ic [plaz-mat-ik], /plæzˈmæt ɪk/, plasmic, adjective
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How to use plasma in a sentence
Hence in the act of fertilization two germ-plasms of slightly different structure and tendency are mingled.The Whence and the Whither of Man | John Mason Tyler
Inherited differences in individuals, it will be admitted, are due to differences in their germ-plasms.Applied Eugenics | Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for plasma
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 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
- plasmatic (plæzˈmætɪk) or plasmic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for 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.
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Cultural definitions for plasma (1 of 2)
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