from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The protoplasmic substance of which a cytode, or cell without a nucleus, is supposed to consist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) The albuminous material composing the body of a cytode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete, cytology A mass of undifferentiated anucleate protoplasm supposed to be the simplest structure of living organisms


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  • When living things made their first appearance on our planet, the very complex nitrogenous compound of carbon that we call plasson, which is the earliest material embodiment of vital action, must have been formed in a purely chemical way from inorganic carbon-compounds.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 2

  • See Letter 235.), that the vibrations from the protoplasm, or "plasson," of the seminal fluid of the zebra set plasson vibrating in the mare; and that these vibrations continued until the hair of the second colt was formed, and which consequently became barred like that of a zebra.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

  • These are what we call the "cytodes" (cytos = cell), certain living, independent beings, consisting only of a particle of plasson -- an albuminoid substance, which is not yet differentiated into caryoplasm and cytoplasm, but combines the properties of both.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1

  • If we agree to call this active substance plasson, and its molecules plastidules, we may say that the individual physiological character of each of these cells is due to its molecular plastidule-movement.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1

  • Their whole body consists of soft, structureless plasson.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 2

  • The soft slimy plasson of the body of the moneron is generally called

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 2

  • Nay more, the primordial organic cells could only have originated in the first instance from non-cellular plastides or monads by their homogeneous plasson resolving itself into an internal nucleus and an external protoplasm.

    Freie wissenschaft und freie lehr. English

  • This is not inconsistent with our hypothetical ascription to the plastidules (or molecules of the plasson) of a complex molecular structure.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1

  • Like all the other functional-activities of the organic cells, these soul-functions depend ultimately on material phenomena of motion, and more particularly on the motions of the plasson-molecules or plastidules, the ultimate atoms of the protoplasma, and perhaps of the nucleus also; therefore we should be able actually to grasp and explain them, as well as every other cognisable natural process, if we were in a position to refer them to the mechanics of atoms.

    Freie wissenschaft und freie lehr. English

  • The first and lower stage is the cytode, which consists merely of a particle of plasson, or quite simple plasm.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1


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