[ suh-mat-uh-plaz-uh m, soh-muh-tuh- ]
/ səˈmæt əˌplæz əm, ˈsoʊ mə tə- /

noun Cell Biology.

the cytoplasm of a somatic cell, especially as distinguished from germ plasm.

Origin of somatoplasm

Related forms

so·ma·to·plas·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for somatoplasm


/ (ˈsəʊmətəˌplæzəm) /


  1. the protoplasm of a somatic cell
  2. the somatic cells collectivelyCompare germ plasm

Derived Forms

somatoplastic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for somatoplasm


[ sō-mătə-plăz′əm, sōmə-tə- ]


The entirety of specialized protoplasm, other than germ plasm, constituting the body.
The protoplasm of a somatic cell.

Related forms

so′ma•to•plastic (sō′mə-tə-plăstĭk) adj.
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