[suh-mat-uh-plaz-uh m, soh-muh-tuh-]
noun Cell Biology.
the cytoplasm of a somatic cell, especially as distinguished from germ plasm.
Related formsso·ma·to·plas·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of somatoplasm
In these higher animals this protoplasm is known as germplasm, that in body cells as somatoplasm.
The somatoplasm can only in the most general way affect the self-perpetuating, close corporation of the germ-plasm.
The somatoplasm arises from, and hence must be regarded as a modification of, the germ-plasm.
The germ-plasm can increase indefinitely in the lapse of generations, increase of the somatoplasm is limited.
From this point of view every individual consists of only two parts,—germ-plasm and soma or somatoplasm.
British Dictionary definitions for somatoplasm
Derived Formssomatoplastic, adjective biology
- the protoplasm of a somatic cell
- the somatic cells collectivelyCompare germ plasm
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Related formsso′ma•to•plas′tic (sō′mə-tə-plăs′tĭk) adj.
The entirety of specialized protoplasm, other than germ plasm, constituting the body.
The protoplasm of a somatic cell.
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