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Cytoplasm

Cytoplasm is the gel-like mixture that fills each cell.

The cytoplasm consists of

  • the organelles of the cells and
  • the gel-like liquid surrounding the organelles (the cytosol).

The main component of cytoplasm is water but the cytoplasm also contains a complex combination of ions, proteins, lipids and other substances.

Diagram of a plant cell. The fluid inside chloroplasts is a type of cytoplasm.
Diagram of a plant cell. The fluid inside chloroplasts is a type of cytoplasm.