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[Middle English metaplasmus, from Latin, from Greek metaplasmos, remodeling, from metaplassein, to remold : meta-, meta- + plassein, to mold; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
met′a·plas′tic (-plăs′tĭk), met′a·plas′mic (-plăz′mĭk) adj.
Cellular materials such as pigment granules or starch grains that were formerly considered to be nonliving, in contrast to the protoplasm.
met′a·plas′mic (-plăz′mĭk) adj.
(Physiology) the nonliving constituents, such as starch and pigment granules, of the cytoplasm of a cell