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1A single cell or cytoplasmic mass containing several nuclei, formed by fusion of cells or by division of nuclei.
- ‘The result is a syncytium in which many nuclei are present in a common cytoplasm; the embryo essentially remains a single cell during its early development.’
- ‘In the early Drosophila embryo, the male and female pronuclei fuse and then undergo 13 rounds of synchronous mitoses without cell division to produce a syncytium.’
- ‘Within 30 minutes, epidermal cells at the edge of the wound re-oriented and began to fuse, creating a syncytium, or cell with many nuclei, around the puncture.’
- ‘The maze experiments used the plasmodium phase of the mould, a multi-nucleate single cell, or syncytium.’
- ‘The total number of syncytia in one well and the number of nuclei in each syncytia were determined.’
- 1.1Embryology A structure composed of syncytia, forming the outermost layer of the trophoblast.
- ‘In reactivated lesions epithelial syncytia and inclusion bodies were not seen; however, virus was demonstrable by polymerase chain reaction and culture.’
- ‘Cardiac muscle fibers form a functional but not a protoplasmic syncytium.’
- ‘Their cytoplasm consists of a giant, multinucleated tissue, the trabecular syncytium, which is connected via open and plugged cytoplasmic bridges to cells such as archaeocytes, choanoblasts, and cells with spherical inclusions.’
- ‘They favored a myoepithelial origin, hypothesizing that the myoepithelial cells enlarge and merge together to form a syncytium.’
- ‘That is, the muscle constitutes a functional syncytium.’
Late 19th century: from syn- ‘together’+ -cyte ‘cell’+ -ium.
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