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

Other Words from ectoplasm

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

Examples of ectoplasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The novel’s ectoplasm hovers between the realms of historical horror and cultural comedy. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 The film intriguingly digs into the loneliness of ghosts and has a fun but gross running gag involving ectoplasm. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 Like an ectoplasm – nay, a cryptoplasm – ‘chat group’ chat spilled over to internet, then popular media chatter. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 28 June 2021 This is the digital ectoplasm of which Twitter fights are made. Adam Rogers, Wired, 10 June 2021 The real ectoplasm holding this book together, though, is existential dread. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 No one back then knew what ectoplasm was, before Ghostbusters. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 24 June 2020 Tumlin has a preternatural awareness of urban ectoplasm. Adam Rogers, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 That rhymes with Luigi, looks like Luigi, but it's made of ectoplasm. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 28 Oct. 2019

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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 17 Jan. 2022.

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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 ectoplasm (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on ectoplasm

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ectoplasm

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