germ plasm

germ plasm
Chromatin Chro"ma*tin, n. (Biol.) The deeply staining substance of the nucleus and chromosomes of eukaryotic cells, composed of DNA and basic proteins (such as histones), the DNA of which comprises the predominant physical basis of inheritance. It was, at the beginning of the 20th century, supposed to be the same substance as was then termed {idioplasm} or {germ plasm}. In most eukaryotic cells, there is also DNA in certain plasmids, such as mitochondria, or (in plant cells) chloroplasts; but with the exception of these cytoplasmic genetic factors, the nuclear DNA of the chromatin is believed to contain all the genetic information required to code for the development of an adult organism. In the interphase nucleus the chromosomes are dispersed, but during cell division or meiosis they are condensed into the individually recognizable chromosomes. The set of chromosomes, or a photographic representation of the full set of chromosomes of a cell (often ordered for presentation) is called a karyotype. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • germ plasm — n 1) germ cells and their precursors serving as the bearers of heredity and being fundamentally independent of other cells 2) the hereditary material of the germ cells: GENES * * * the substance postulated by 19th century biologists (notably… …   Medical dictionary

  • germ plasm — germ plasm. См. зародышевая плазма. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • germ plasm — germ′ plasm n. gen the substance of reproductive cells that contains chromosomes • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

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  • germ plasm — noun The cytoplasm of germ cells Syn: polar plasm …   Wiktionary

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