\ ˈpla-zəm How to pronounce plasm (audio) \

Definition of plasm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: plasma — compare germplasm
variants: or plasmo-

Definition of plasm- (Entry 2 of 3)

: plasma plasmodium plasmolysis

Definition of -plasm (Entry 3 of 3)

: formative or formed material (as of a cell or tissue) endoplasm

Examples of plasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The theory of germ-plasm, as described by Stoddard, was put forth by August Weismann, in 1892. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of plasm


1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plasm


Late Latin plasma something molded

Combining form

French, from New Latin plasma

Noun combining form

German -plasma, from New Latin plasma

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“Plasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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\ ˈplaz-əm How to pronounce plasm (audio) \

Medical Definition of plasm

: plasma — see germplasm

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