Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greek an Latin Roots of English: Cytoplasm

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary cytoplasm is "the organized complex of inorganic and organic substances external to the nuclear membrane of a cell and including the cytosol and membrane-bound organelles ( as mitochondria or chloroplasts).

According to the Etymology Dictionary cytoplasm derives from Greek Kytos " a hollow, receptable, basket" and from Greek plasm "something molded or created".

Another words with the root kytos- are: cytochrome, cytochemistry and cytochalasin. Other words with the root -plasm are: plasmodesma, plasmolytic and plastically.


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