plasmodesma

noun
plas·​mo·​des·​ma | \ ˌplaz-mə-ˈdez-mə How to pronounce plasmodesma (audio) \
variants: or less commonly plasmodesm \ ˈplaz-​mə-​ˌde-​zəm How to pronounce plasmodesm (audio) \
plural plasmodesmata\ ˌplaz-​mə-​ˈdez-​mə-​tə How to pronounce plasmodesmata (audio) \ or plasmodesmas\ ˌplaz-​mə-​ˈdez-​məz How to pronounce plasmodesmas (audio) \

Definition of plasmodesma

: one of the cytoplasmic strands passing through openings in some plant cell walls and forming connections with adjacent cells

First Known Use of plasmodesma

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plasmodesma

New Latin plasmodesma, from plasma + Greek desmat-, desma bond, from dein to bind — more at diadem

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“Plasmodesma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasmodesma. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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