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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strand of cytoplasm that passes through openings in cell walls and connects the protoplasts of adjacent living plant cells.

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  • n. A microscopic channel traversing the cell walls of plant cells and some algal cells, enabling transport and communication between them.

Etymologies

plasmo- + Greek desma, bond (from dein, to bind).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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