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A combining form signifying developing, forming, growing; as, heteroplastic, monoplastic, polyplastic.


 - adj. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or plaster; - used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind of a child. Pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of, molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if produced by, molding or modeling; - said of sculpture and the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the graphic arts.


 - Plastic clay (Geol.), one of the beds of the Eocene period; - so called because used in making pottery.


 - Plastic element (Physiol.), one that bears within the germs of a higher form.


 - Plastic exudation (Med.), an exudation thrown out upon a wounded surface and constituting the material of repair by which the process of healing is effected.


 - Plastic foods. (Physiol.) See the second Note under Food.


 - Plastic force. (Physiol.) See under Force.


 - Plastic operation, an operation in plastic surgery. - Plastic surgery, that branch of surgery ...

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