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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 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.
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Espin contains an additional actin-binding site in its N terminus and is a major actin-bundling protein of the Sertoli cell-spermatid ectoplasmic specialization junctional plaque.
Structurally, AMA1 is a type I integral membrane protein, consisting of an ectoplasmic domain, a transmembrane domain, and a C-terminal cytoplasmic domain [16].
Scotographic analecta, aphasiatic, Gustatory, haptic, what do I see When I do not see what I see, Ectoplasmic visuals, flat screen Hallucinations, shady Cavern shows, la duree, says M.
Honestly, any self-respecting corpses facing the prospect of being heard guffawing to this tripe are likely to start spinning in their graves, creating enough ectoplasmic energy to burn the entire television studio to the ground.
Interactions of proteases, protease inhibitors, and the beta1 integrin/laminin gamma3 protein complex in the regulation of ectoplasmic specialization dynamics in the rat testis.
Looking over these handprints on an October afternoon, Schneider remarks that their milky surfaces have been compared to Victorian ectoplasmic photographs, but he doesn't press the idea that there is anything mystical at work here.
Interest in spiritualism revived in France after 1918, as the bereaved sought to contact the spirits of dead soldiers: and psychical researchers took advantage of this renewed interest, founding the Institut Metapsychique International in 1919 and pursuing research into materializations, like the ectoplasmic discharges of medium Eva Carriere.
--the inside of a ballot box--are not easily recognisable; the slot at the top of the picture from which a shaft of light enters is all but invisible; the hand is unclear; and the creatures that inhabit the box are weakly delineated, appearing pale and ectoplasmic. This is in keeping with their invisibility to the general view, but the depiction undercuts a sense of their aggressive power, essential to the cartoonist's message.
Ectoplasmic extrusions appeared to behave like the eyes of a snail, retracting when touched and reemerging when unmolested.
If, in the initial moment of the fix, the junk produces the effect of dematerialization, during withdrawal it rematerializes the body in new and strikingly mutated forms, producing flesh at first "soft, tentative" and "ectoplasmic" (60) and then "scar tissue hard and dry as wood" (7).
The action-packed gameplay progresses as players complete jobs as fearless rookies who explore a series of haunted environments that must be cleared of any ectoplasmic threats.
David Start Davies' THE SCROLL OF THE DEAD (9781848564930, $9.95) tells of a seance that unmasks a dangerous medium impostor and the potential of immortality, Daniel Stashower's ECTOPLASMIC MAN (9781848564923, $9.95) tells of a man framed and jailed for espionage with Sherlock Holmes determined to arrive at the truth, and WAR OF THE WORLDS by Manley W.