Definitions for ectoplasmˈɛk təˌplæz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ectoplasm(noun)

    (spiritualism) a substance supposed to emanate from the body of the medium during a trance

  2. ectoplasm(noun)

    the outer granule-free layer of cytoplasm


  1. ectoplasm(Noun)

    The visible substance believed to emanate from the body of a spiritualistic medium during communication with the dead.

  2. ectoplasm(Noun)

    An immaterial or ethereal substance, especially the transparent corporeal presence of a spirit or ghost.

  3. ectoplasm(Noun)

    The outer granule-free layer of cytoplasm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ectoplasm(noun)

    the outer transparent layer of protoplasm in a developing ovum

  2. Ectoplasm(noun)

    the outer hyaline layer of protoplasm in a vegetable cell

  3. Ectoplasm(noun)

    the ectosarc of protozoan

  4. Origin: [Ecto- + Gr. form.]


  1. Ectoplasm

    Ectoplasm is a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy "exteriorized" by physical mediums. Ectoplasm is said to be associated with the formation of spirits; however since World War II reports of ectoplasmic phenomena have declined and many psychical researchers doubt whether genuine cases ever existed.

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