ectoplasm


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ec·to·plasm

 (ĕk′tə-plăz′əm)
n.
1. Biology The outer portion of the continuous phase of cytoplasm of a cell, sometimes distinguishable as a somewhat rigid, gelled layer beneath the cell membrane.
2.
a. The visible substance believed to emanate from the body of a spiritualistic medium during communication with the dead.
b. The substance believed to be the transparent corporeal presence of a spirit or ghost.

ec′to·plas′mic adj.

ectoplasm

(ˈɛktəʊˌplæzəm)
n
1. (Biology) cytology the outer layer of cytoplasm in some cells, esp protozoa, which differs from the inner cytoplasm in being a clear gel. See also endoplasm
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) spiritualism the substance supposedly emanating from the body of a medium during trances
ˌectoˈplasmic, ectoplastic adj

ec•to•plasm

(ˈɛk təˌplæz əm)

n.
1. the outer portion of the cytoplasm of a cell.
2. a viscous substance claimed by spiritualists to emanate from the body of a medium and then produce living forms.
[1880–85]
ec`to•plas′mic, ec`to•plas•mat′ic (-ˈmæt ɪk) adj.

ectoplasm

the outer part of the cytoplasm of a cell. Cf. endoplasm. — ectoplasmic, adj.
See also: Cells
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ectoplasm - (spiritualism) a substance supposed to emanate from the body of the medium during a trance
spiritualism - the belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with people who are still alive (especially via a medium)
emanation - something that is emitted or radiated (as a gas or an odor or a light, etc.)
2.ectoplasm - the outer granule-free layer of cytoplasm
cytol, cytoplasm - the protoplasm of a cell excluding the nucleus; is full of proteins that control cell metabolism
Translations
ektoplasma
Ektoplasma
ektoplasma
ektoplazma
エクトプラズム
ektoplazma
ectoplasma

ectoplasm

[ˈektəʊplæzəm] Nectoplasma m

ectoplasm

nEktoplasma nt

ec·to·plasm

n. ectoplasma, capa externa del citoplasma en una célula viva.
References in periodicals archive ?
It was a minor faff to apply, involving mixing up a Ghostbuster ectoplasm goo with tangerine powder, then splatting it on with a spatula.
An ectoplasm has now wrapped itself around us like a toxic fog, neutralizing us into etherized complicity.
99, 464 pages, ISBN 9781501171895), Parker finds himself knee-deep in ectoplasm, thanks to an off-the-books investigation launched and funded by his FBI handler, Edgar Ross.
Duncan was arrested under the ancient act which made "falsely claiming to procure spirits" a crime, after accusations that the ectoplasm that played a prominent part in her seances was actually cheesecloth.
Doyle 1926i: 113) The existence of ectoplasm Doyle (1926i: 113) hopes will be proved by "the science of the future"; just as lack of knowledge regarding the dangerous nature of X-rays led the "martyrs for science" to tragedies like "loss of fingers and hands," so too the spiritual pioneers "injured themselves in forcing the gates of knowledge.
Nostalgia oozes like ectoplasm from every glossy frame, including cameos for most of the original cast.
Many of her tricks were exposed as fake, including the production of ectoplasm made of cheesecloth.
In the new Ghostbusters , things are far darker: distrust and paranoia cling to the city like ectoplasm.
Once again New York is awash with ectoplasm and evil spirits as the apocalypse approaches and only the Ghostbusters can prevent it.
Nostalgia oozes like ectoplasm from every glossy frame of this special effectsladen Ghostbusters, including cameos for most of the original cast and repeated bursts of Ray Parker Jnr's infectious theme song.
Nostalgia oozes like ectoplasm from every glossy frame of this special effects-laden Ghostbusters, including cameos for most of the original cast and repeated bursts of Ray Parker Jnr's infectious theme song.
Though Jones gets some of the most memorable lines, her character channels a shameful racial stereotype--one that traces back to the days when it amused audiences to see African-American characters spook easily, running for their lives when confronted with a ghost--except that the ghosts here really are frightening when they literally appear to leap off the screen, projecting ectoplasm past the confines of the widescreen frame.