protoplasm


pro·to·plasm

noun \ˈprō-tə-ˌpla-zəm\

biology : the usually colorless substance that is the living part of animal and plant cells

Full Definition of PROTOPLASM

1
:  the organized colloidal complex of organic and inorganic substances (as proteins and water) that constitutes the living nucleus, cytoplasm, plastids, and mitochondria of the cell
2
:  cytoplasm
pro·to·plas·mic \ˌprō-tə-ˈplaz-mik\ adjective

Origin of PROTOPLASM

German Protoplasma, from prot- + New Latin plasma
First Known Use: 1848

pro·to·plasm

noun \ˈprōt-ə-ˌplaz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROTOPLASM

1
: the organized colloidal complex of organic and inorganic substances (as proteins and water) that constitutes the living nucleus, cytoplasm, plastids, and mitochondria of the cell and is regarded as the only form of matter in which the vital phenomena (as metabolism and reproduction) are manifested

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