One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(Nägeli's term for) the special portion of protoplasm in a cell which is supposed to determine the character of the resulting organism.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. After German Idioplasma (C. von Nägeli Mechanisch-physiologische Theorie der Abstammungslehre i. 23.
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