plasm

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plasma   (plāz'mə)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. See blood plasma.

  2. Protoplasm or cytoplasm.

  3. One of four main states of matter, similar to a gas, but consisting of positively charged ions with most or all of their detached electrons moving freely about. Plasmas are produced by very high temperatures, as in the Sun and other stars, and also by the ionization resulting from exposure to an electric current, as in a fluorescent light bulb or a neon sign. See more at state of matter.


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