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[sin-sish-uh m, -ee-uh m] /sɪnˈsɪʃ əm, -i əm/
noun, plural syncytia
[sin-sish-uh, -sish-ee-uh] /sɪnˈsɪʃ ə, -ˈsɪʃ i ə/ (Show IPA).
a multinucleate mass of cytoplasm that is not separated into cells.
Origin of syncytium
1875-80; < New Latin; see syn-, cyto-, -ium
Related forms
[sin-sish-uh l] /sɪnˈsɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for syncytial


noun (pl) -cytia (-ˈsɪtɪə)
(zoology) a mass of cytoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed in a cell membrane
Derived Forms
syncytial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin; see syn-, cyto-, -ium
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Word Origin and History for syncytial

1895, "pertaining to a syncytium" (1877), Modern Latin, from Greek syn "together" (see syn-) + kytos "receptacle, vessel," used in biology for "cell" (see cyto-).

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syncytial in Medicine

syncytium syn·cy·ti·um (sĭn-sĭsh'ē-əm)
n. pl. syn·cy·ti·a (-sĭsh'ē-ə)
A mass of cytoplasm having many nuclei but no internal cell boundaries.

syn·cy'ti·al adj.
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