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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“Spheroplast.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spheroplast?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=sphero05. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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