[ sin-sish-uhm, -ee-uhm ]
/ sɪnˈsɪʃ əm, -i əm /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM syncytiumsyn·cy·tial [sin-sish-uhl], /sɪnˈsɪʃ əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for syncytium
/ (sɪnˈsɪtɪəm) /
noun plural -cytia (-ˈsɪtɪə)
zoology a mass of cytoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed in a cell membrane
Derived forms of syncytiumsyncytial, adjective
Word Origin for syncytium
C19: New Latin; see syn-, cyto-, -ium
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Medical definitions for syncytium
[ 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.
Other words from syncytiumsyn•cy′ti•al adj.
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