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germ plasm

the protoplasm of the germ cells containing the chromosomes.
Origin of germ plasm
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He merely receives in his turn the material inheritance in the germ-plasm which was there a generation before him.

    Embryology Gerald R. Leighton
  • The theory of germ-plasm gives no causal explanation whatever of them.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • On account of this weakness of the inhibitor in the germ-plasm of No. 117 that inhibitor is rarely fully activated.

  • It is always likely that she will fail to reform him; it is certain that she can not reform his germ-plasm.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The explanation is, the germ-plasm was not in any way affected by the bodily mutilation.

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • Then it must be due to a determiner for a notch in the ear in the germ-plasm.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The general argument against the hypothesis rests on a realisation of the continuity of the germ-plasm.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • Do you still believe in the infallibility of the germ-plasm?

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • Demme's plausible investigation is also widely quoted to support the belief that alcohol poisons the germ-plasm.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • But this theory of "continuity of the germ-plasm" pushes the question of heredity to the door of Reincarnation.

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
British Dictionary definitions for germ-plasm

germ plasm

  1. the part of a germ cell that contains hereditary material; the chromosomes and genes
  2. the germ cells collectively Compare somatoplasm
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germ-plasm in Medicine

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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