spheroplast

noun
sphe·​ro·​plast | \ ˈsfir-ə-ˌplast How to pronounce spheroplast (audio) , ˈsfer- \

Definition of spheroplast

: a bacterium or yeast cell that is modified (as by enzymatic action) so that there is partial loss of the cell wall and increased osmotic sensitivity

First Known Use of spheroplast

circa 1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spheroplast was circa 1920

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“Spheroplast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spheroplast. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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spheroplast

noun
sphe·​ro·​plast | \ ˈsfir-ə-ˌplast How to pronounce spheroplast (audio) , ˈsfer- How to pronounce spheroplast (audio) \

Medical Definition of spheroplast

: a bacterium or yeast cell that has been modified by nutritional or environmental factors or by artificial means (as by the use of a lysozyme) and that is characterized by partial loss of the cell wall and by increased osmotic sensitivity

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