[sin-sish-uh m, -ee-uh m]
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
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Historical Examples of syncytium
The ovum before segmentation is therefore in the condition of a syncytium.
The ovum, like that of Eupagurus before segmentation, is now a syncytium.
noun plural -cytia (-ˈsɪtɪə)
zoology a mass of cytoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed in a cell membrane
Word Origin for syncytium
C19: New Latin; see syn-, cyto-, -ium
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n. pl. syn•cy•ti•a (-sĭsh′ē-ə)
A mass of cytoplasm having many nuclei but no internal cell boundaries.
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