Definitions of plasma

  1. colorless watery fluid of blood and lymph containing no cells and in which erythrocytes and leukocytes and platelets are suspended
  2. a green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony used as a gemstone
  3. ( 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"
  4. 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.
  5. The viscous material of an animal or vegetable cell, out of which the various tissues are formed by a process of differentiation; protoplasm.
  6. Unorganized material; elementary matter.
  7. A mixture of starch and glycerin, used as a substitute for ointments.
  8. The colorless watery part of the blood in which the red corpuscles fioat; a grass- green stone used in jewelry. Also, plasm.
  9. 1. The fluid portion of the circulating blood, distinguished from the serum obtained after coagulation 2. The fluid portion of the lymph. 3. Protoplasm. 4. Glycerite of starch, glyceritum amyli, used as an excipient for ointments.
  10. Fluid of blood; it is without color.
  11. A variety of quartz or chalcedony; elementary matter, specially that out of which organized tissues develop; also the fluid in which the red particles of the blood are suspended.
  12. The colourless fluid part of the blood in which the corpuscles float; a faintly translucent chalcedony on which many ancient gems are engraved, of a grass- green or leek- green colour, sprinkled with yellow and whitish specks.
  13. The " liquid tissue" of body fluids through which leucocytes and corpuscles are disseminated; protoplasm generally.

Usage examples for plasma

  1. Continuous pressure on any portion of the surface causes absorption, while intermittent pressure causes growth: the one impeding circulation and the passage of plasma from the capillaries into the tissues, and the other aiding both. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. Love and hate and all the chemistry of their mingling that go to form the plasma of human experience. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  3. That they are in solution in the plasma is well known,- that they are in a solid or precipitated form in the tissues is also true,- and that the tissues are supplied from the blood is also evident,- because the blood is the only part that receives supplies of material direct from the food taken and digested. – Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society by Joseph Bradford Cox
  4. The plasma is the portion that changes most rapidly. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  5. It does not contain the antitoxins and opsonins which are normally found in the plasma and lymph, hence the liability to infective meningitis after injuries and operations on the central nervous system. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  6. A. The portions of primordial plasma that grow to a more considerable size as soft, half- liquid masses break up by the mechanical action of external circumstances into smaller portions of indefinite number and size. – A Mechanico-Physiological Theory of Organic Evolution by Carl Von Nägeli
  7. But the drink we partook of as we awoke is a plasma that will very quickly restore the lost body elements. – When the Sleepers Woke by Arthur Leo Zagat
  8. While this function is mainly due to the white corpuscles, it is due in part to the plasma. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  9. He inspects the knife gravely, sends it to the laboratory to check whether it has cut bread made from wheat infected with the dread wheat cholera or has come into contact with tuleremic pork plasma, etc. – Epistles-from-Pap-Letters-from-the-man-known-as-The-Will-Rogers-of-Indiana by Durham, Andrew Everett
  10. As the blood flows along the capillaries, certain parts of the plasma of the blood filter through their walls into the lymph, and certain parts of the lymph filter through the cell walls of the tissues and mingle with the blood current. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  11. " Careful," the other spoke soothingly, " you must give the plasma time to act or you may harm yourself." – When the Sleepers Woke by Arthur Leo Zagat
  12. From the fact that the son of a fencing- master has become a good fencer much more quickly than his father, we cannot infer that the habit of the parent has been transmitted to the child; for certain natural dispositions in course of growth may have passed from the plasma engendering the father to the plasma engendering the son, may have grown on the way by the effect of the primitive impetus, and thus assured to the son a greater suppleness than the father had, without troubling, so to speak, about what the father did. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  13. You could have given me a shot of plasma and said it was a powerful new drug. – Bolden's Pets by F. L. Wallace
  14. It consists chiefly of escaped plasma. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  15. Radiating lines in the adjacent cell- plasma suggest that these bodies constitute centres of force. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  16. And in the terrible Orion Spaceport wreck sixty years ago, doctors had found that blood plasma from humans could be used for wounded Lhari, and vice versa, though it wasn't safe to transfuse whole blood. – The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  17. It glittered viciously in emptiness, the plasma- gas necessary for its existence furnishing a medium for radiation. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster