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plasm

  

      n  
1    protoplasm of a specified type  
germ plasm     
2       a variant of       plasma  


germ plasm  
      n  
a    the part of a germ cell that contains hereditary material; the chromosomes and genes  
b    the germ cells collectively  
   Compare       somatoplasm  
-plasm  
      n combining form   (in biology) indicating the material forming cells  
protoplasm, cytoplasm     
     (from Greek plasma something moulded; see plasma)  
  -plasmic      adj combining form  
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plasma   , plasm         
      n  
1    the clear yellowish fluid portion of blood or lymph in which the corpuscles and cells are suspended  
2       short for       blood plasma  
3       a former name for       protoplasm       cytoplasm  
4      (Physics)  
a    a hot ionized material consisting of nuclei and electrons. It is sometimes regarded as a fourth state of matter and is the material present in the sun, most stars, and fusion reactors  
b    the ionized gas in an electric discharge or spark, containing positive ions and electrons and a small number of negative ions together with un-ionized material  
5    a green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone  
6       a less common term for       whey  
     (C18: from Late Latin: something moulded, from Greek, from plassein to mould)  
  plasmatic  
  plasmic      adj  


germ plasm  
      n  
a    the part of a germ cell that contains hereditary material; the chromosomes and genes  
b    the germ cells collectively  
   Compare       somatoplasm  
plasm         
      n  
1    protoplasm of a specified type  
germ plasm     
2       a variant of       plasma  
-plasm  
      n combining form   (in biology) indicating the material forming cells  
protoplasm, cytoplasm     
     (from Greek plasma something moulded; see plasma)  
  -plasmic      adj combining form  

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