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n. also plasm (plăz′əm)
a. The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended. It differs from serum in that it contains fibrin and other soluble clotting elements.
b. Blood plasma, especially when sterilized and depleted of cells for transfusion.
2. Protoplasm or cytoplasm.
3. The fluid portion of milk from which the curd has been separated by coagulation; whey.
4. Physics An electrically neutral, highly ionized phase of matter composed of ions, electrons, and neutral particles. It is distinct from solids, liquids, and gases.
Of or relating to a flat-panel display used in televisions, made up of an array of tiny cells each containing a gaseous mixture of xenon and neon that is changed into a plasma state to illuminate a phosphor coating on the inside of the cell.

[New Latin, from Late Latin, image, figure, from Greek, from plassein, to mold; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plas·mat′ic (plăz-măt′ĭk), plas′mic (-mĭk) adj.


1. (Biology) protoplasm of a specified type: germ plasm.
2. (Biology) a variant of plasma
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plasm - the protoplasm of the germ cells that contains chromosomes and genes
living substance, protoplasm - the substance of a living cell (including cytoplasm and nucleus)
2.plasm - the colorless watery fluid of the blood and lymph that contains no cells, but in which the blood cells (erythrocytes, leukocytes, and thrombocytes) are suspendedplasm - the colorless watery fluid of the blood and lymph that contains no cells, but in which the blood cells (erythrocytes, leukocytes, and thrombocytes) are suspended
ECF, extracellular fluid - liquid containing proteins and electrolytes including the liquid in blood plasma and interstitial fluid; "the body normally has about 15 quarts of extracellular fluid"
plasma protein - any of the proteins in blood plasma
gamma globulin, human gamma globulin - a plasma protein containing the immunoglobulins that are responsible for immune responses


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And that the germ plasm is different from the parthenogenetic egg?
Later, in a separate meeting with the members of PARC, the board members were briefed about various technologies, crop lines and germ plasm developed by the council since its establishment.
Pakistani scientists have included the US cotton germ plasm having complete resistance against CLCuV in their large scale breeding programme to evolve new varieties having resistance against the virus and strength to survive in Pakistani weather conditions to give high yield of good quality silver fibre.
But Glasgow's terminology and imagery also invoke the central tropes of contemporary eugenic discourse: fate by inherited "germ plasm," dysgenic processes of degeneracy, and the biological and social threat of racial mixing, or "mongrelization.
Weissmann posited that higher organisms experience a tension between the soma ("the body apart from the substance concerned with sex and inheritance") and the germ plasm ("concerned with the survival of the species"), the former being mortal and the latter immortal (1991: 318).
Experts and representatives of Governments of Central America, Dominican Republic, United States, China and India, participated in a workshop on opportunities for the region in this industry as well as methods of funding and the progress of research on plasm energy, said an official statement.
The great varieties like Cascade and Willamette came out of that program, but they are no longer breeding for variety specific traits, but instead focusing on germ plasm, parents and particular traits for breeding, and molecular markers.
Today it is estimated that 93% of America's soybean and 90% of its corn crops contain their germ plasm.
Off-farm (10) conservation methods, such as germ plasm banks, preserve the native varieties only at a specific moment in time and can not capture the evolutionary changes of the crop.
Plasmablastic lymphoma has been subdivided into two morphological subgroups [64,65]: (a) plasmablastic lymphoma of the oral mucosa type that comprises a monomorphic population of plasmablasts/immunoblasts with no or minimal plasmacytic differentiation; and (b) plasmablastic lymphoma with plasmacytic differentiation that is composed predominantly of plasm ablasts/ immunoblasts, but in addition exhibits more differentiation with mature plasma cells.