Complete Definition of "protoplasm"

English

Etymology
From Gr. term|scpolytonic|ÏÏÏÏο-|trproto-||first|langel + term|scpolytonic|ÏλάÏμα|trplasma||something molded|langel. The word was in LL., meaning "first created thing," and may have existed in Medieval Gr. in a different sense. It was used by Czech physiologist w:Johannes Evangelista Purkinje|Johannes Evangelista Purkinje to denote the gelatinous fluid found in living tissue. This word prevailed, though Germanic language purists preferred term|urschleim||original mucus.

Noun
en-noun

  1. cytology The entire contents of a cell comprising the nucleus and the cytoplasm. It is a semi-fluid, transparent substance which is the living matter of plant and animal cells.

Translations
trans-top|entire contents of a cell
Greek: t|el|ÏÏÏÏÏÏλαÏμα|tr=protóplazma|n
Icelandic: t|is|frymi|n
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Derived terms
protoplasmic
protoplasmal
protoplasmatic

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