Definition of Cytoplasm

1. Noun. The protoplasm of a cell excluding the nucleus; is full of proteins that control cell metabolism.

Definition of Cytoplasm

1. n. The substance of the body of a cell, as distinguished from the karyoplasma, or substance of the nucleus.

Definition of Cytoplasm

1. Noun. (cytology) The contents of a cell except for the nucleus. It includes cytosol, organelles, vesicles, and the cytoskeleton. ¹

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Definition of Cytoplasm

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Medical Definition of Cytoplasm

1. The protoplasm of a cell exclusive of that of the nucleus, it consists of a continuous aqueous solution (cytosol) and the organelles and inclusions suspended in it (phaneroplasm) and is the site of most of the chemical activities of the cell. Origin: Gr. Plasma (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cytoplasm

cytophil group
cytophilic antibody
cytoplasm (current term)
cytoplasmic antiproteinase
cytoplasmic bridges
cytoplasmic determinant
cytoplasmic gene
cytoplasmic granules
cytoplasmic inclusion bodies
cytoplasmic inheritance
cytoplasmic matrix
cytoplasmic membrane
cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus group
cytoplasmic streaming

Literary usage of Cytoplasm

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1. Chemical Pathology: Being a Discussion of General Pathology from the by Harry Gideon Wells (1914)
"THE cytoplasm The cytoplasm, as before mentioned, contains all of the primary ... Sometimes the nucleoproteins of the cytoplasm may be partly of the ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1915)
"(2) Chordoma cell with a large vesicle in cytoplasm. (3) Chordoma cell with a number of small vesicles in cytoplasm. (4) Chordoma cell with indistinct cell ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"A, quiescent; B, putting forth eruptive pseudopods. cv, contractile vacuole through which the richly vacuola ted cytoplasm is seen; /, food particles; ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"... not limited by any distinct boundary from the general cytoplasm, but occupying the position of the single nucleus of other ova and having the same size, ..."

5. Plant Anatomy from the Standpoint of the Development and Functions of the by William Chase Stevens (1910)
"Here the cytoplasm simulates a fluid in its streaming movements, ... The plasmodium of Myxomycetes consists of a mass of cytoplasm with many embedded nuclei ..."

6. A Textbook of physiology by Winfield Scott Hall (1899)
"Plastics lying in the cytoplasm. Vacuole. ... In most unicellular organisms, and sometimes in metazoa, the cytoplasm is differentiated into the inner endo- ..."

7. Sexual Reproduction and the Organization of the Nucleus in Certain Mildews by Robert Almer Harper (1905)
"The cytoplasm of the antheridium is certainly less dense and is more ... 10), but the antheridial cytoplasm keeps its spongy appearance for a time (fig. ..."

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