from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
- noun One of the amœbiform cells or cell-elements of the cytoblastema of sponges; a cytode of a sponge.
- noun In cytology: The nucleus of the cell.
- noun One of the hypothetical units of cell-structure.
- noun A naked cell; a protoblast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Biol.) The nucleus of a cell; the germinal or active spot of a cellule, through or in which cell development takes place.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun rare That part of a
cell(especially the nucleus) in which its developmenttakes place
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Schleiden describes as follows: -- "As soon as the cytoblasts have reached their full size a delicate transparent vesicle arises on their surface; this is the young cell, which at first takes the shape of a very flat segment of a sphere, of which the plane surface is formed by the cytoblast, the convex side by the young cell itself, which lies upon the cytoblast like a watch-glass on a watch" (p. 145).
He named it the cytoblast because, in his opinion, it formed the cell.