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noun, plural syn·cy·tia [sin-sish-uh, -sish-ee-uh] /sɪnˈsɪʃ ə, -ˈsɪʃ i ə/. Biology.
- a multinucleate mass of cytoplasm that is not separated into cells.
Origin of syncytium
Related formssyn·cy·tial [sin-sish-uh l] /sɪnˈsɪʃ əl/, adjective
From New Latin,
dating back to 1875–80;
see origin at syn-
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British Dictionary definitions for syncytial
noun plural -cytia (-ˈsɪtɪə)Derived Formssyncytial, adjective
- zoology a mass of cytoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed in a cell membrane
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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n. pl. syn•cy•ti•a (-sĭsh′ē-ə)Related formssyn•cy′ti•al adj.
- A mass of cytoplasm having many nuclei but no internal cell boundaries.
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