Pro"to*plast(?), n. [L. protoplastus the first man, Gr. formed or created first; first + formed, fr. to form.]
1. The thing first formed; that of which there are subsequent copies or reproductions; the original.
(Biol.) A first-formed organized body; the first individual, or pair of individuals, of a species.
A species is a class of individuals, each of which is hypothetically considered to be the descendant of the same protoplast, or of the same pair of protoplasts.Latham.
Pro`to*plas"ta(?), n. pl. [NL.] (Zol.) A division of fresh-water rhizopods including those that have a soft body and delicate branched pseudopodia. The genus Gromia is one of the best-known.
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