One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A body of algal or fungal cytoplasm containing several nuclei, enclosed in a single membrane.
- ‘The mycelia are large coenocytes with many nuclei and can therefore be heterokaryotic.’
- ‘These coenocytes are tubular multinucleated filaments with no internal partitioning into cells.’
- ‘Unlike the secondary division of a coenocyte that yields the linear arrays of cells, this variant appears to represent a growing structure caught at various stages of its development.’
- ‘If the ‘branched’ botuliform cells derived from a branched filamentous coenocyte, then there is also a reasonable case for inferring the presence of the form-genus Palaeovaucheria.’
- ‘One characteristic feature of the majority of syncytia and coenocytes is that their nuclei are regularly spaced within the cytoplasm.’
Early 20th century: from Greek koinos ‘common’ + -cyte.
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