plasmodesma

noun

plas·​mo·​des·​ma ˌplaz-mə-ˈdez-mə How to pronounce plasmodesma (audio)
variants or less commonly plasmodesm
plural plasmodesmata ˌplaz-mə-ˈdez-mə-tə How to pronounce plasmodesma (audio) or plasmodesmas ˌplaz-mə-ˈdez-məz How to pronounce plasmodesma (audio)
: one of the cytoplasmic strands passing through openings in some plant cell walls and forming connections with adjacent cells

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plasmodesma was in 1905

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“Plasmodesma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasmodesma. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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