protoplast

protoplast

[proh-tuh-plast]
noun
1.
Biology.
a.
the contents of a cell within the cell membrane, considered as a fundamental entity.
b.
the primordial living unit or cell.
2.
a person or thing that is formed first; original; prototype.
3.
the hypothetical first individual or one of the supposed first pair of a species or the like.

Origin:
1525–35; < Late Latin prōtoplastus the first man, noun use of Greek prōtóplastos formed first. See proto-, -plast

protoplastic, adjective
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protoplast (ˈprəʊtəˌplæst)
 
n
a unit consisting of the living parts of a cell, including the protoplasm and cell membrane but not the vacuoles or (in plants) the cell wall
 
[C16: from Late Latin prōtoplastus the first-formed, from Greek prōtoplastos, from proto- + plassein to shape]
 
proto'plastic
 
adj

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protoplast pro·to·plast (prō'tə-plāst')
n.

  1. The living material of a plant or bacterial cell, including the protoplasm and plasma membrane after the cell wall has been removed.

  2. One that is the first made or formed; a prototype.

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