One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Biology. The cytoplasm of an egg. Also: each of the regions of the cytoplasm of an egg which develop into distinct structures in the body.
2Mycology. In an oomycete, especially one of the order Peronosporales: the central portion of the oogonial cytoplasm, which becomes the oosphere.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Botanical Gazette. From oo- + -plasm, apparently as alteration of ovoplasm.
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