Definition of spheroplast in US English:



  • A bacterium or plant cell bound by its plasma membrane, the cell wall being deficient or lacking and the whole having a spherical form.

    • ‘Unlike some previous studies the use of this virus system avoids the requirements of generating spheroplasts from host cells before titering viral infectivity.’
    • ‘Channel current was obtained from inside-out patches from spheroplasts.’
    • ‘Mitochondria were isolated after conversion of cells to spheroplasts.’
    • ‘The channel activity was characterized in giant spheroplasts by patch clamp.’
    • ‘The clearest results obtained when all variations of the test conditions could be executed on every spheroplast studied.’