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syncytium

 [sin-sish´e-um]
a multinucleate mass of protoplasm produced by the merging of cells. adj., adj syncyt´ial.

syn·cy·ti·um

, pl.

syn·cy·ti·a

(sin-si'shē-ŭm, -ă; -sit'ē-ŭm),
A multinucleated protoplasmic mass formed by the secondary union of originally separate cells.
[Mod. L. fr. syn- + G. kytos, cell]

syncytium

/syn·cy·ti·um/ (sin-sish´e-um) a multinucleate mass of protoplasm produced by the merging of cells.

syncytium

(sĭn-sĭsh′ē-əm)
n. pl. syn·cytia (-sĭsh′ē-ə)
A multinucleated mass of cytoplasm that is not separated into individual cells.

syn·cy′ti·al (-sĭsh′ē-əl) adj.

syncytium

[sinsit′ē·əm] pl. syncytia
Etymology: Gk, syn + kytos, cell
a group of cells in which the cytoplasm of one cell is continuous with that of adjoining cells, resulting in a multinucleate unit. syncytial, adj.

syn·cy·ti·um

, pl. syncytia (sin-sish'ē-ŭm, -ă)
A multinucleated protoplasmic mass formed by the secondary union of originally separate cells.
[Mod. L. fr. syn- + G. kytos, cell]

syncytium

a cellular structure containing many nuclei.

syncytium

a multinucleate cellular mass produced by the fusing of cells.

syncytium-forming virus
members of the family Retroviridae, genus Spumavirus. The best known of these viruses are found in cats and cattle. It should be noted, however, that viruses of several families, including herpesviruses, paramyxoviruses, coronaviruses and retroviruses, produce syncytia.