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spheroplast

[′sfir·ə‚plast]
(cell and molecular biology)
A plant cell which possesses only a partial or modified cell wall.
(microbiology)
A bacterial cell that assumes a spherical shape due to partial or complete absence of the wall.
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The release of enzymes from Escherichia coli by osmotic shock and during the formation of spheroplasts.
To find ion channels in bacteria, scientists did electrophysiological surveys of spheroplasts.
Davies, A, Bentley, M, Field, BS, "Comparison of the Action of Vantocil, Cetrimide, and Chlorhexidine on Escherichia coli and Its Spheroplasts and the Protoplasts of Gram-Positive Bacteria.