Origin: Anc Greek
πρώτος/protos(=first or prime importance )
πλάσμα (noun)/plasma(=something formed or molded, an idol) > πλάσσω/plasso(=create, form, mold) à substance without shape
The “protoplasma” word was in Late Latin, meaning "first created thing," The term was first used by a Bishop of the early Catholic Church and Latin poet Venantius Fortunatus (c.530–c.600/609) in the sense of first created thing. Later the term is noted by the German botanist Hugo Von Mohl's who in his monograph (1846) published in the German journal Botan., Zeitung 73. Charles Darwin (1809 –1882) in 19th century viewed "protoplasm" as the holistic content of a cell. It was re-discovered later in 1939 by Czech physiologist Johannes Evangelista Purkinje to denote the gelatinous fluid found in living tissue. Purkinje decided to call the contents of plant cells from the Greek name Protoplastus which, in turn, came from the ancient liturgy of the Christian church.