protoplast

[ proh-tuh-plast ]
/ ˈproʊ təˌplæst /

noun

Biology.
  1. the contents of a cell within the cell membrane, considered as a fundamental entity.
  2. the primordial living unit or cell.
a person or thing that is formed first; original; prototype.
the hypothetical first individual or one of the supposed first pair of a species or the like.

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Origin of protoplast

1525–35; <Late Latin prōtoplastus the first man, noun use of Greek prōtóplastos formed first. See proto-, -plast

OTHER WORDS FROM protoplast

pro·to·plas·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for protoplast

protoplast
/ (ˈprəʊtəˌplæst) /

noun

a unit consisting of the living parts of a cell, including the protoplasm and cell membrane but not the vacuoles or (in plants) the cell wall

Derived forms of protoplast

protoplastic, adjective

Word Origin for protoplast

C16: from Late Latin prōtoplastus the first-formed, from Greek prōtoplastos, from proto- + plassein to shape
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Medical definitions for protoplast

protoplast
[ prōtə-plăst′ ]

n.

The living material of a plant or bacterial cell, including the protoplasm and plasma membrane after the cell wall has been removed.
One that is the first made or formed; a prototype.
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