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Meaning of PLASMA

Pronunciation:  'plazmu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  colorless watery fluid of blood and lymph containing no cells and in which erythrocytes and leukocytes and platelets are suspended
  2. [n]  (physical chemistry) a fourth state of matter distinct from solid or liquid or gas and present in stars and fusion reactors; a gas becomes a plasma when it is heated until the atoms lose all their electrons, leaving a highly electrified collection of nuclei and free electrons; "particles in space exist in the form of a plasma"
  3. [n]  a green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony used as a gemstone

PLASMA is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: plasm
 See Also: blood plasma, calcedony, chalcedony, ECF, extracellular fluid, gamma globulin, human gamma globulin, interplanetary gas, plasma protein, state, state of matter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Plas"ma\, n. [See {Plasm}.]
1. (Min.) A variety of quartz, of a color between grass green
   and leek green, which is found associated with common
   chalcedony. It was much esteemed by the ancients for
   making engraved ornaments.

2. (Biol.) The viscous material of an animal or vegetable
   cell, out of which the various tissues are formed by a
   process of differentiation; protoplasm.

3. Unorganized material; elementary matter.

4. (Med.) A mixture of starch and glycerin, used as a
   substitute for ointments. --U. S. Disp.

{Blood plasma} (Physiol.), the colorless fluid of the blood,
   in which the red and white blood corpuscles are suspended.

{Muscle plasma} (Physiol.), the fundamental part of muscle
   fibers, a thick, viscid, albuminous fluid contained within
   the sarcolemma, which on the death of the muscle
   coagulates to a semisolid mass.

Computing Dictionary

PLAnner-like System Modelled on Actors. carl hewitt, 1975. The first actor language. Originally called Planner-73, and implemented in MacLisp. Lisp-like syntax, but with several kinds of parentheses and brackets.

["A PLASMA Primer", B. Smith et al, AI Lab Working Paper 92, MIT Oct 1975].

["Viewing Control Structures as Patterns of Passing Messages", C. Hewitt, AI Lab Memo 410, MIT 1976].

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: the watery, straw-colored fluid which carries the cellular elements of the blood through circulation.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The fluid portion of the blood (i.e., what's left over when the cells have been removed).
  2. A fire-like, highly energetic gas made up of ions, electrons, and neutral particles.
 Definition: the liquid portion of the blood containing salts, sugars, fats, amino acids, hormones, plasma, proteins, etc.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: antibody, antigen, arterial blood, blood, blood bank, blood cell, blood count, blood donor, blood donor center, blood group, blood grouping, blood picture, blood platelet, blood pressure, blood serum, blood substitute, bloodmobile, bloodstream, circulation, clinical dextran, dextran, erythrocyte, globulin, gore, grume, hematics, hematologist, hematology, hematoscope, hematoscopy, hemocyte, hemoglobin, hemometer, humor, ichor, isoantibody, leukocyte, lifeblood, neutrophil, opsonin, phagocyte, plasma substitute, red corpuscle, Rh factor, Rhesus factor, Rh-negative, Rh-positive, Rh-type, serum, type O, venous blood, white corpuscle