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From German Protoplasma, coined by Czech physiologist Johannes Evangelista Purkinje, from Ancient Greek πρῶτος (prôtos, first) + πλάσμα (plásma, something molded). The word 'Protoplasmus' was in Late Latin, meaning "first created human" (i.e. Adam), and may have existed in Medieval Greek in a different sense.

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protoplasm (plural protoplasms)

  1. (cytology) The entire contents of a cell comprising the nucleus and the cytoplasm. It is a semi-fluid, transparent substance which is the living matter of plant and animal cells.

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