germ plasm

noun
the protoplasm of the germ cells containing the chromosomes.

Origin:
1885–90

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germ plasm
 
n
a.  the part of a germ cell that contains hereditary material; the chromosomes and genes
 b.  Compare somatoplasm the germ cells collectively

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germ plasm n.

  1. The cytoplasm of a germ cell, especially that part containing the chromosomes.

  2. Germ cells as distinguished from other body cells.

  3. Hereditary material; genes.

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Material transfer agreements and germ plasm exchange.
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