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syncytium

[sin-sish-uh m, -ee-uh m]
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noun, plural syn·cy·tia [sin-sish-uh, -sish-ee-uh] /sɪnˈsɪʃ ə, -ˈsɪʃ i ə/. Biology.
  1. a multinucleate mass of cytoplasm that is not separated into cells.
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Origin of syncytium

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at syn-, cyto-, -ium
Related formssyn·cy·tial [sin-sish-uh l] /sɪnˈsɪʃ əl/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The ovum before segmentation is therefore in the condition of a syncytium.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • The ovum, like that of Eupagurus before segmentation, is now a syncytium.


British Dictionary definitions for syncytium

syncytium

noun plural -cytia (-ˈsɪtɪə)
  1. zoology a mass of cytoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed in a cell membrane
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Derived Formssyncytial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin; see syn-, cyto-, -ium
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syncytium in Medicine

syncytium

(sĭn-sĭshē-əm)
n. pl. syn•cy•ti•a (-sĭshē-ə)
  1. A mass of cytoplasm having many nuclei but no internal cell boundaries.
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Related formssyn•cyti•al adj.
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