What is Protoplasm?

The word Protoplasm is derived from the two Greek words “protos” meaning ‘first’ and “plasma” which means ‘things formed’. So, Protoplasm means ‘first thing formed’.

Protoplasm is the living part of the cell, which comprises the cell membrane, the nucleus and the cytoplasm.  

It is a thick,  jelly-like fluid which is translucent and is made up of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acid and inorganic salts present within the cell wall.

Its function is to eject used substances, renews its damaged parts, and produces new cells itself. It also responds to stimuli, for example- retinal cells in the eye respond to light.


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Updated on: 09-May-2023


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