The cytoplasm consists of all of the contents outside of the nucleus
and enclosed within the cell membrane
of a cell. This includes the cytosol and in euckaryotic cells
, organelles such as mitochondria
. Also located within the cytoplasm is the cytoskeleton
, a network of fibers that help the cell maintain its shape and give it support.
The cytoplasm is clear in color and has a gel-like appearance. It is composed mainly of water and also contains enzymes, salts, organelles, and various organic molecules. The cytoplasm helps to move materials around the cell and also dissolves cellular waste.
Related Terms: Cytosol
, Cell Membrane