Meaning of “cytoplasm” in the English Dictionary


"cytoplasm" in English

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cytoplasmnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsaɪ.tə.plæz.əm/ us /ˈsaɪ.t̬ə.plæz.əm/ specialized

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  • Development is thus due in part to a qualitative division not of the nucleus but of the cytoplasm. 
  • Evidence soon accumulated that the cytoplasm of the egg stood for much in the differentiation of the embryo. 
  • Food particles, wastes, and other substances may also be present in the cytoplasm. 
  • The cytoplasm is the outer and softer part, the substance of the body of the cell. 
  • The general mass of material forming the cell is termed cytoplasm. 

(Definition of “cytoplasm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cytoplasm" in American English

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cytoplasmnoun [ U ]


biology the substance inside a cell which surrounds the cell's nucleus (= central part)

(Definition of “cytoplasm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)