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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.
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.
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)
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.
ec`to•plas′mic, ec`to•plas•mat′ic (-ˈmæt ɪk) adj.
the outer part of the cytoplasm of a cell. Cf. endoplasm. — ectoplasmic, adj.See also: Cells
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|Noun||1.||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|