A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles
ECTOPLASM
[noun]
1. Spiritualism: (from the Greek ektos, meaning “outside”, and plasma, meaning “something formed or moulded”) a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy “exteriorised” 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. Ectoplasm is said to be formed by physical mediums when in a trance state. This material is excreted as a gauze-like substance from orifices on the medium’s body and spiritual entities are said to drape this substance over their nonphysical body, enabling them to interact in the physical and real universe. According to mediums, the ectoplasm cannot occur in light conditions as the ectoplasmic substance would disintegrate.
2. Biology: the outer, non-granulated part of a cell’s cytoplasm. This is opposed to the endoplasm which is the inner layer of the cytoplasm, and is often granulated.

ECTOPLASM

[noun]

1. Spiritualism: (from the Greek ektos, meaning “outside”, and plasma, meaning “something formed or moulded”) a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy “exteriorised” 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. Ectoplasm is said to be formed by physical mediums when in a trance state. This material is excreted as a gauze-like substance from orifices on the medium’s body and spiritual entities are said to drape this substance over their nonphysical body, enabling them to interact in the physical and real universe. According to mediums, the ectoplasm cannot occur in light conditions as the ectoplasmic substance would disintegrate.

2. Biology: the outer, non-granulated part of a cell’s cytoplasm. This is opposed to the endoplasm which is the inner layer of the cytoplasm, and is often granulated.

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