variant of before a vowel:
a combining form with the meanings “living substance,” “tissue,” “substance of a cell,” used in the formation of compound words:
endoplasm; neoplasm; cytoplasm.
[plaz-muh] /ˈplæz mə/
Anatomy, Physiology. the liquid part of blood or lymph, as distinguished from the suspended elements.
Cell Biology. .
a green, faintly translucent chalcedony.
Physics. a highly ionized gas containing an approximately equal number of positive ions and electrons.
protoplasm of a specified type: germ plasm
a variant of plasma
(in biology) indicating the material forming cells: protoplasm, cytoplasm
the clear yellowish fluid portion of blood or lymph in which the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended
short for blood plasma
a former name for protoplasm, cytoplasm
a green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony, used as a gemstone
a less common term for whey
1610s, “mold or matrix, cast;” see plasma. Meaning “living matter of a cell” is from 1864.
1712, “form, shape” (earlier plasm), from Late Latin plasma, from Greek plasma “something molded or created,” hence “image, figure; counterfeit, forgery; formed style, affectation,” from plassein “to mold,” originally “to spread thin,” from PIE *plath-yein, from root *pele- (2) “flat, to spread” (see plane (n.1)). Sense of “liquid part of blood” is from 1845; that of “ionized gas” is 1928.
word-forming element meaning “a growth, a development; something molded,” from Greek -plasma, from plasma “something molded or created” (see plasma).
Variant of plasmo-.
Material forming cells or tissue: cytoplasm.
plasma plas·ma (plāz’mə) or plasm (plāz’əm)
plas·mat’ic (plāz-māt’ĭk) or plas’mic (-mĭk) adj.
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.
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.
[plaz-muh] /ˈplæz mə/ noun 1. Anatomy, Physiology. the liquid part of blood or lymph, as distinguished from the suspended elements. 2. Cell Biology. . 3. . 4. a green, faintly translucent chalcedony. 5. Physics. a highly ionized gas containing an approximately equal number of positive ions and electrons. /ˈplæzmə/ noun 1. the clear yellowish fluid […]
- Plasma accelerator globulin
plasma accelerator globulin n. See factor V.
noun 1. a glass globe containing a low density gas and a central electrode that creates lightning-like streams of light.
plasmablast plas·ma·blast (plāz’mə-blāst’) n. The stem cell of a plasma cell.