protoplast

noun
pro·​to·​plast | \ ˈprō-tə-ˌplast How to pronounce protoplast (audio) \

Definition of protoplast

1 : one that is formed first : prototype
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

First Known Use of protoplast

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for protoplast

Middle 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

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protoplast

noun
pro·​to·​plast | \ ˈprōt-ə-ˌplast How to pronounce protoplast (audio) \

Medical Definition of protoplast

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

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