spheroplast


sphe·ro·plast

noun \ˈsfir-ə-ˌplast, ˈsfer-\

Definition of SPHEROPLAST

:  a bacterium or yeast cell that is modified (as by enzymatic action) so that there is partial loss of the cell wall and increased osmotic sensitivity

First Known Use of SPHEROPLAST

circa 1920

sphe·ro·plast

noun \ˈsfir-ə-ˌplast, ˈsfer-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPHEROPLAST

: a bacterium or yeast cell that has been modified by nutritional or environmental factors or by artificial means (as by the use of a lysozyme) and that is characterized by partial loss of the cell wall and by increased osmotic sensitivity

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