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 (plăz′mə-dĕz′mə) also plas·mo·desm (plăz′mə-dĕz′əm)
n. pl. plas·mo·des·ma·ta (-mə-tə) or plas·mo·des·mas also plas·mo·desms
A strand of cytoplasm that passes through openings in cell walls and connects the protoplasts of adjacent living plant cells.

[plasmo- + Greek desma, bond (from dein, to bind).]


(ˌplæzməˈdɛzmə) or


n, pl -desmata (-ˈdɛzmətə) or -desms
(Botany) botany any of various very fine cytoplasmic threads connecting the cytoplasm of adjacent cells via minute holes in the cell walls
[C20: from plasmo- + Greek desma bond]


(ˌplæz məˈdɛs mə)

n., pl. -ma•ta (-mə tə)
any of many minute strands of cytoplasm that extend through plant cell walls and connect adjoining cells.
[< German (1901) < Greek plasmo- plasmo- + désma bond, fetter]
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These connections occur in spots in the wall called primary pit fields, and each strand is called a plasmodesma.
Collar-like accumulations of callose are deposited at the site of a plasmodesma interconnecting the protoplasts on the two sides of the cell wall.