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PLASMA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does plasma mean? 

PLASMA (noun)
  The noun PLASMA has 3 senses:

1. colorless watery fluid of blood and lymph containing no cells and in which erythrocytes and leukocytes and platelets are suspended
2. a green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony used as a gemstone
3. (physical chemistry) a fourth state of matter distinct from solid or liquid or gas and present in stars and fusion reactors; a gas becomes a plasma when it is heated until the atoms lose all their electrons, leaving a highly electrified collection of nuclei and free electrons

  Familiarity information: PLASMA used as a noun is uncommon.


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PLASMA (noun)


Sense 1plasma [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Colorless watery fluid of blood and lymph containing no cells and in which erythrocytes and leukocytes and platelets are suspended

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

plasma; plasm

Hypernyms ("plasma" is a kind of...):

ECF; extracellular fluid (liquid containing proteins and electrolytes including the liquid in blood plasma and interstitial fluid)

Meronyms (substance of "plasma"):

plasma protein (any of the proteins in blood plasma)

gamma globulin; human gamma globulin (a plasma protein containing the immunoglobulins that are responsible for immune responses)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "plasma"):

blood plasma (plasma that separates from blood in coagulation)


Sense 2plasma [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A green slightly translucent variety of chalcedony used as a gemstone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("plasma" is a kind of...):

calcedony; chalcedony (a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz)


Sense 3plasma [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physical chemistry) a fourth state of matter distinct from solid or liquid or gas and present in stars and fusion reactors; a gas becomes a plasma when it is heated until the atoms lose all their electrons, leaving a highly electrified collection of nuclei and free electrons

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

particles in space exist in the form of a plasma

Hypernyms ("plasma" is a kind of...):

state; state of matter ((chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container))

Domain category:

physical chemistry (the branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "plasma"):

interplanetary gas (a rarefied flow of gas and charged particles (plasma) that stream from the sun and form the solar wind)


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