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protoplasm

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noun pro·to·plasm \ˈprō-tə-ˌpla-zəm\

Simple Definition of protoplasm

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of protoplasm

  1. 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. 2 :  cytoplasm

protoplasmic

play \ˌprō-tə-ˈplaz-mik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of protoplasm

German Protoplasma, from prot- + New Latin plasma


First Known Use: 1848


PROTOPLASM Defined for Kids

protoplasm

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noun pro·to·plasm \ˈprō-tə-ˌpla-zəm\

Definition of protoplasm for Students

  1. :  the usually colorless and jellylike living part of cells




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protoplasm

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noun pro·to·plasm \ˈprōt-ə-ˌplaz-əm\

Medical Definition of protoplasm

  1. 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

  2. 2:  cytoplasm




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