ectoplasm


ectoplasm

noun

  1. Biology. the outer portion of the cytoplasm of a cell.Compare endoplasm.
  2. Spiritualism. the supposed emanation from the body of a medium.

noun

  1. cytology the outer layer of cytoplasm in some cells, esp protozoa, which differs from the inner cytoplasm in being a clear gelSee also endoplasm
  2. spiritualism the substance supposedly emanating from the body of a medium during trances
n.

1883, of amoebas, 1901, of spirits, from ecto- + -plasm.

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