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ec·to·plasm

(ek'tō-plazm),
The peripheral, more viscous cytoplasm of a cell; it contains microfilaments but is lacking in other organelles.
Synonym(s): exoplasm
[ecto- + G. plasma, something formed]

ectoplasm

(ĕk′tə-plăz′əm)
n.
Biology The outer portion of the continuous phase of cytoplasm of a cell, sometimes distinguishable as a somewhat rigid, gelled layer beneath the cell membrane.

ec′to·plas′mic adj.

ectoplasm

the compact, peripheral portion of the cytoplasm of a cell.

ectoplasm

the outer layer of cytoplasm as distinct from the ENDOPLASM of a cell. It is often much more gel-like (see PLASMA GEL than the liquid endoplasm, from which there is no clear line of distinction. It is important in the movement of unicellular animals such as Amoeba.

ectoplasm

an old-fashioned term which referred to a peripheral band of gel-like cytoplasm, free of organelles, found in free and motile cells.
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3] In one of his many books on spiritualism and paranormal phenomena, The Edge of the Unknown (1930), Conan Doyle described ectoplasm as "a viscous, gelatinous substance which appeared to differ from every known form of matter in that it could solidify and be used for material purposes" (216).
More dubious about things supernatural, Alvarez caked Plath's uncanny poems "a triumph of mind over ectoplasm.
Equally strained and meaningless are exercises in gravity defying ectoplasm (Coop Himmelblau, Hans Hollein).
After 10 minutes battling with Ghostbusters-style ectoplasm, you think "sod it" and whip out the trusty blade.
ITHOUGHTS of a cuddly blob of pink ectoplasm were rekindled at Ascot yesterday.
I always feel like I'm being pulled into the camera when it's near, like ectoplasm or something.
At times the similes are curious: "Each new day crackled like sand between the toes"; "the tablecloth fluttered like ectoplasm beneath the chandelier.
I could only see him as a blob of ectoplasm, but he was there.
Anadis has been working on the technology, Project Ectoplasm, for more than a year and hopes to have a product on the market within less than two years.
So I'm faced with a choice of spending the summer in a narcoleptic trance or having a head full of ectoplasm like Slimer from Ghostbusters.