Definition of ectoplasm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈektəˌplazəm/


1 Biology The more viscous, clear outer layer of the cytoplasm in amoeboid cells. Compare with endoplasm.
Example sentences
  • Like other radiolarians, the cytoplasm of Polycystinea is divided into ectoplasm and endoplasm by a perforated protein capsule - not the nuclear membrane, but a novel structure unique to this group.
  • Most acanthareans have a fibrous capsule separating endoplasm and ectoplasm.
2A supernatural viscous substance that is supposed to exude from the body of a medium during a spiritualistic trance and form the material for the manifestation of spirits.
Example sentences
  • This entity was supposed to be a manifestation or thought-form akin to the ectoplasm that is generated by mediums while in a trance state.
  • He dominates this show from the start, greeting you on a huge screen with his upside-down face, spewing out six metres of gauze like some psychic medium ejecting ectoplasm.
  • Physical manifestations or ‘materializations’ of spirits are also said to be produced by ectoplasm.



Pronunciation: /ˌektəˈplazəmik/
Example sentences
  • It's a handsome book, with bold typography and an atmospheric picture of a woman in a dark coat, walking into ectoplasmic mist.
  • Security services and politicians, at a loss to know what's next, are more anxious than they let on about an ectoplasmic enemy.
  • Since ectoplasmic excretions are not ghosts per se, the camera's role in the phenomenon was not to capture spirits but to witness human contact with spirits, record the manifestation in action, and document its fragile by-products.

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Syllabification: ec·to·plasm

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