One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In an ascidian egg: a portion of the cytoplasm, deep yellow in colour, that is selectively distributed to muscle-forming cells during embryonic development.
2Originally: the cytoplasm of a muscle cell; = "sarcoplasm". Later also: specifically the interfibrillary portion of the cytoplasm of a muscle fibre.
Early 20th century. From myo- + -plasm.
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