[ sin-sish-uh m, -ee-uh m ]
/ sɪnˈsɪʃ əm, -i əm /

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

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at syn-, cyto-, -ium

Related forms

syn·cy·tial [sin-sish-uh l] /sɪnˈsɪʃ əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for syncytial


/ (sɪnˈsɪtɪəm) /

noun plural -cytia (-ˈsɪtɪə)

zoology a mass of cytoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed in a cell membrane

Derived Forms

syncytial, adjective

Word Origin for syncytium

C19: New Latin; see syn-, cyto-, -ium
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Medicine definitions for syncytial


[ sĭn-sĭshē-əm ]

n. pl. syn•cy•ti•a (-sĭshē-ə)

A mass of cytoplasm having many nuclei but no internal cell boundaries.

Related forms

syn•cyti•al adj.
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