syncytium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n syncytium a mass of cytoplasm containing several nuclei and enclosed in a membrane but no internal cell boundaries (as in muscle fibers)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Syncytium (Zoöl) The ectoderm of a sponge.
    • Syncytium (Biol) Tissue in which the cell or partition walls are wholly wanting and the cell bodies fused together, so that the tissue consists of a continuous mass of protoplasm in which nuclei are imbedded, as in ordinary striped muscle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syncytium A multinucleate cell; a cell-aggregate; a single cell with two or more nuclei, resulting from the division of an originally single nucleus in the course of the growth of the cell, unaccompanied by any division of the cell-substance proper, or from the concrescence of a number of cells the protoplasm of which runs together, but the respective nuclei of which do not coalesce. The word has somewhat varied application to certain embryonic formations and to some adult tissues, as striped muscular fiber, certain parts of sponges, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. together + a hollow vessel

Usage


In news:

These findings may provide scientists the key to decipher which genes play essential roles in the induction, formation, and function of the syncytium for the survival and growth of cyst nematodes .
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In science:

Also, oscillatory correlation functions appear in such numerical studies of phase separation dynamics under stirring and of response dynamics of neural recepter cell syncytium .
Oscillatory correlation of delayed random walks
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