germplasm

noun
germ·plasm | \ˈjərm-ˌpla-zəm \

Definition of germplasm 

1 : germ cells and their precursors serving as the bearers of heredity and being fundamentally independent of other cells

2 : the hereditary material of the germ cells : genes

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Hagedorn has distributed this germplasm, or living tissue, to cryobanks in various countries. Rebecca Albright, Scientific American, "Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive," 1 Jan. 2018 But new germplasm for breeding programs is a pretty nice thing to think about. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Don't overlook the witch hazel plant for much-needed color in your winter garden," 16 Feb. 2018 These are quite a bit cooler than anything found in most homes; they are kept at minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit and store germplasm seeped in liquid nitrogen. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 At these active sites, crop species experts evaluate, grow and distribute germplasm to researchers, professors and breeders worldwide. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 The cryopreservation process frees this germplasm of pathogens and buys the material an estimated couple-thousand years of viability. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 The repository currently holds over 80 percent of the germplasm stores from ARS sites across the country. Simran Sethi, Smithsonian, "Inside the Colorado Vault That Keeps Your Favorite Foods From Going Extinct," 9 Mar. 2018 The potential for area gardeners is the introduction of unique, new germplasm for future amazing hybrids — with fire engine red flowers the size of dinner plates that smell like lilies, fry up the okra and walk the dog... Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Don't overlook the witch hazel plant for much-needed color in your winter garden," 16 Feb. 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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germplasm

noun
germ·plasm | \ˈjərm-ˌpla-zəm \
variants: also germ plasm

Medical Definition of germplasm 

1 : germ cells and their precursors serving as the bearers of heredity and being fundamentally independent of other cells

2 : the hereditary material of the germ cells : genes

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