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cytoplasm The material surrounding the nucleus of a cell. It consists of a matrix (see cytosol) in which the cell's organelles are suspended. The cytoplasm may be differentiated into dense outer ectoplasm, which is concerned primarily with cell movement, and less dense endoplasm, which contains most of the cell's structures.

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cytoplasm Jelly-like matter inside a cell and surrounding the nucleus. Cytoplasm has a complex constituency and contains various bodies known as organelles, with specific metabolic functions. The proteins needed for cell growth and repair are produced in the cytoplasm.

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cy·to·plasm / ˈsītəˌplazəm/ • n. Biol. the material or protoplasm within a living cell, excluding the nucleus. DERIVATIVES: cy·to·plas·mic / ˌsītəˈplazmik/ adj.

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cytoplasm (sy-toh-plazm) n. the jelly-like substance that surrounds the nucleus of a cell. See also protoplasm.
cytoplasmic adj.

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cytoplasm The part of a cell that is enclosed by the plasma membrane, but excluding the nucleus.

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cytoplasm The part of a cell that is enclosed by the cell membrane, but excluding the nucleus.

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cytoplasm: see protoplasm.

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