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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.
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