protoplast

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noun pro·to·plast \ˈprō-tə-ˌplast\

Definition of protoplast

  1. 1 :  one that is formed first :  prototype

  2. 2 :  a plant cell that has had its cell wall removed; also :  the nucleus, cytoplasm, and plasma membrane of a cell as distinguished from inert walls and inclusions

Origin and Etymology of protoplast

Medieval French protoplaste, from Late Latin protoplastus first human, from Greek prōtoplastos first formed, from prōt- prot- + plastos formed, from plassein to mold — more at plaster


First Known Use: 1532


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protoplast

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noun pro·to·plast \ˈprōt-ə-ˌplast\

Medical Definition of protoplast

  1. :  the nucleus, cytoplasm, and plasma membrane of a cell as distinguished from inert walls and inclusions


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