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(cell and molecular biology)
A mass of multinucleated cytoplasm without division into separate cells. Also known as polykaryocyte.
(invertebrate zoology)
Multinucleated cell or gland.



a structural type of animal and plant tissue characterized by incomplete demarcation of the cells. Separate portions of cytoplasm with nuclei are joined together by cytoplasmatic bridges. Mesenchyme and bone are examples of syncytium in animals.

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A syncytium typically comprises of around 200 cells with many nuclei and enormous hypertrophy of the syncytial elements, which leads to an enlargement of the feeding site, usually the region nearest to the head of the nematode (Fig.
In the terminal villi we observed focal stromal edema, capillary angiomatosis, and thinning of syncytium.
The basis for the formation of bone mass is represented by the signal that is received at the level of the osteocytary syncytium due to mechanical application of bone, and that triggers the formation of bone.
Gap junctions between adjacent granulosa cells create a functional syncytium.
Vitelline cells form a syncytium surrounding each embryo; although many vitelline cells are observed among the blastomeres and dispersed within the cocoon (see Figures 4-5).
the syncytia and lysis were estimated by visual analysis in contrast microscopy; n/s--nuclei per syncytium.
These changes in the amino acid residue also correlate with non syncytium inducing (NSI) or syncytium inducing (SI) virus phenotype (2).
Effects of the discrete pattern of electrical coupling on propagation through an electrical syncytium.
6 g of new syncytium each day from all of the placental cell divisions.
The media was formed by typically striated myocardium where the syncytium showed the characteristic cross-striation of myofibrils.