syncytium

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Syncytium \Syn*cy"ti*um\, noun; pl. {Syncitia}. [NL., from Gr. ? together + ? a hollow vessel.]

1. (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.

2. (Zool.) The ectoderm of a sponge. Syndactyl

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

syncytium

noun

1: 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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