Meaning of protoplast

pro•to•plast

Pronunciation: (prō'tu-plast"), [key]
— n.
    1. the contents of a cell within the cell membrane, considered as a fundamental entity.
    2. the primordial living unit or cell.
  1. a person or thing that is formed first; original; prototype.
  2. the hypothetical first individual or one of the supposed first pair of a species or the like.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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