plasm

Cultural Dictionary
plasma [(plaz-muh)]

A state of matter in which some or all of the electrons have been torn from their parent atoms. The negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions move independently.

Note: Plasmas are usually associated with very high temperatures — most of the sun is a plasma, for example.
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Cultural Dictionary
plasma [(plaz-muh)]

The liquid part of blood or lymph. Blood plasma is mainly water; it also contains gases, nutrients, and hormones. The red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are all suspended in the plasma of the blood.

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