metaplasm


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metaplasm

(mĕt′ə-plăz′əm)
n.
Cellular materials such as pigment granules or starch grains that were formerly considered to be nonliving, in contrast to the protoplasm.

met′a·plas′mic (-plăz′mĭk) adj.

metaplasm

metaplasm

An obsolete, nonspecific term for any cytoplasmic inclusion.

cell in·clu·sions

(sel in-klū'zhŭnz)
1. The residual elements of the cytoplasm that are metabolic products of the cell (e.g., pigment granules or crystals).
Synonym(s): metaplasm.
2. Storage materials such as glycogen or fat.
3. Engulfed material such as carbon or other foreign substances.
See also: inclusion bodies

metaplasm

the lifeless constituents of protoplasm.