[see-nuh-sahyt, sen-uh-]

noun Biology.

an organism made up of a multinucleate, continuous mass of protoplasm enclosed by one cell wall, as in some algae and fungi.

Origin of coenocyte

First recorded in 1895–1900; coeno- + -cyte
Related formscoe·no·cyt·ic [see-nuh-sit-ik, sen-uh-] /ˌsi nəˈsɪt ɪk, ˌsɛn ə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for coenocyte



botany a mass of protoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed by a cell wall: occurs in many fungi and some algae
Derived Formscoenocytic (ˌsiːnəˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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