Origin of protoplasmGerman protoplasma: see proto- and plasma
- pro′to·plas′mic pro′to·plas′mal pro′to·plas·mat′ic
From German Protoplasma, coined by Czech physiologist Johannes Evangelista Purkinje, from Ancient Greek Ï€Ïá¿¶Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (prÅtos, “first") + Ï€Î»Î¬ÏƒÎ¼Î± (plasma, “something molded"). The word was in Late Latin, meaning "first created thing," and may have existed in Medieval Greek in a different sense.
protoplasm - Medical Definition
- pro′to·plas′mic (-plăz′mĭk) pro′to·plas′mal (-plăz′məl) pro′to·plas·mat′ic (-plăz-măt′ĭk)