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Ectoplasm was coined from the Greek words
ektos and plasma, which together means "outside formed."
Ectoplasm is used to describe spiritual energy with
Charles Richet created
the word ectoplasm to first describe physical manifestations that appeared from
psychic mediums during the late 1800's while in trances. Ectoplasm was
purportedly secreted from the medium's orifices, such as the ears, nose or
mouth. However, ectoplasm of this type was more of a hoax during the rise
of spiritualism and fraudulent mediumship.
Today, ectoplasm has come to represent physical manifestations of mists believed to be ghosts.
At first being something more of legend and lore, the idea of ectoplasm was still popular, and eventually was used in plays, movies and books. But ectoplasm had a real rise in cultural popularity after the comedic movie Ghost Busters described green slime emitted by ghosts as "ectoplasmic residue." Most everyone who has ever seen the film can remember people getting "slimed" by the ghosts.
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