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protoplasm

[ proh-tuh-plaz-uhm ]
/ ˈproʊ təˌplæz əm /
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noun
Biology. (no longer in technical use) the colloidal and liquid substance of which cells are formed, excluding horny, chitinous, and other structural material; the cytoplasm and nucleus.
Obsolete. the living matter of organisms regarded as the physical basis of life, having the ability to sense and conduct stimuli.
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Origin of protoplasm

From the New Latin word prōtoplasma, dating back to 1840–50. See proto-, -plasm

OTHER WORDS FROM protoplasm

pro·to·plas·mic, pro·to·plas·mal, pro·to·plas·mat·ic [proh-toh-plaz-mat-ik], /ˌproʊ toʊ plæzˈmæt ɪk/, adjectivein·ter·pro·to·plas·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for protoplasm

protoplasm
/ (ˈprəʊtəˌplæzəm) /

noun
biology the living contents of a cell, differentiated into cytoplasm and nucleoplasm

Derived forms of protoplasm

protoplasmic, adjective

Word Origin for protoplasm

C19: from New Latin, from proto- + Greek plasma form
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Medical definitions for protoplasm

protoplasm
[ prōtə-plăz′əm ]

n.
The complex, semifluid, translucent substance that constitutes the living matter of plant and animal cells and manifests the essential life functions of a cell. Composed of proteins, fats, and other molecules suspended in water, it includes the nucleus and cytoplasm.

Other words from protoplasm

pro′to•plasmic (-plăzmĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for protoplasm

protoplasm
[ prōtə-plăz′əm ]

The semifluid, translucent substance that forms the living matter in all plant and animal cells. Composed of proteins, fats, and other substances suspended in water, it includes the cytoplasm and (in eukaryotes) the nucleus.
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Cultural definitions for protoplasm

protoplasm
[ (proh-tuh-plaz-uhm) ]

The jellylike material in a cell, both inside and outside the nucleus, where the chemical reactions that support life take place.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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