1. that part of the contents of a cell which consists of lifeless matter, as certain fatty or starch granules
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Word origin of 'metaplasm'
(sense 1) meta-
; (sense 2) L metaplasmus
, an irregularity < Gr metaplasmes
, formation of cases of nouns from a missing nom. < meta
, over (see meta-
) + plassein
, to form (see plastic