ectoplasm

noun
ec·​to·​plasm | \ ˈek-tə-ˌpla-zəm How to pronounce ectoplasm (audio) \

Definition of ectoplasm

1 : the outer relatively rigid granule-free layer of the cytoplasm usually held to be a gel reversibly convertible to a sol
2 : a substance held to produce spirit materialization and telekinesis

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Other Words from ectoplasm

ectoplasmic \ ˌek-​tə-​ˈplaz-​mik How to pronounce ectoplasmic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ectoplasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one back then knew what ectoplasm was, before Ghostbusters. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Dan Aykroyd says Harold Ramis will be 'honorably represented' in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife'," 24 June 2020 Tumlin has a preternatural awareness of urban ectoplasm. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars," 1 Apr. 2020 That rhymes with Luigi, looks like Luigi, but it's made of ectoplasm. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019 The bacon was slightly crispy around the edges, though the strips jiggled like ectoplasm. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Is it hot enough to fry an egg outside? We got cracking to find out.," 20 July 2019 There's more to ghosts than ectoplasm Edlund and his team used a variety of techniques to make their paranormal characters in Ghostbusters. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Your World Works Podcast: The Special Effects Behind 'Ghostbusters'," 27 Oct. 2015 Yep, ectoplasm – like that stuff ghosts vomit all over people in movies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Lush Is Releasing A Jelly Bath Bomb and It Looks Disgustingly Amazing," 23 Feb. 2017 Mrs. Lovett herself looks like something that died and came back not as a ghost but as ectoplasm with a voice. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "A Wondrous Production of “Sweeney Todd”," 13 Mar. 2017 There is something monstrous about his gothic garments, with their strange, disturbing proportions attenuated and exaggerated, draped like ectoplasm clinging to thin limbs. Alexander Fury, New York Times, "The Lighter Side of Rick Owens," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of ectoplasm

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ectoplasm was in 1883

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“Ectoplasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ectoplasm. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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ectoplasm

noun
ec·​to·​plasm | \ ˈek-tə-ˌplaz-əm How to pronounce ectoplasm (audio) \

Medical Definition of ectoplasm

: the outer relatively rigid granule-free layer of the cytoplasm usually held to be a gel reversibly convertible to a sol — compare endoplasm

Other Words from ectoplasm

ectoplasmic \ ˌek-​tə-​ˈplaz-​mik How to pronounce ectoplasmic (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on ectoplasm

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