Definition of protoplastic in US English:

protoplastic

adjective

Botany
  • See protoplast

    • ‘In principle, the cell-to-cell (‘protoplastic’) component would have to be split into a symplastic and a transcellular component.’
    • ‘In addition, plant breeding has added techniques such as somaclonal variation, protoplastic cell fusion, embryo rescue, self-pollination and tissue culture to put crops in the field and food on our table.’
    • ‘To the various forms of mutation breeding, add in such techniques as protoplastic cell fusion, embryo rescue, meristem tip culture and other forms of tissue culture or somoclonal variation.’
    • ‘He similarly subdues the frank eroticism of Stolberg's protoplastic copulation of Earth and Heaven.’
    • ‘It has been well recognized that protoplastic sources centred upon mitochondrial, chloroplastic or peroxisomal generating systems exist, but have mainly been studied in relation to abiotic stresses.’

Pronunciation

protoplastic

/ˌproʊdəˈplæstɪk//ˌprōdəˈplastik/