syn·​cy·​tium | \ sin-ˈsi-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce syncytium (audio) \
plural syncytia\ sin-​ˈsi-​sh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce syncytia (audio) \

Definition of syncytium

1 : a multinucleate mass of cytoplasm resulting from fusion of cells

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syncytial \ sin-​ˈsi-​sh(ē-​)əl How to pronounce syncytial (audio) \ adjective

Examples of syncytium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of becoming a ball of distinct cells, the insect egg forms a syncytium, a single huge multinucleate cell. Quanta Magazine, "How Two Became One: Origins of a Mysterious Symbiosis Found," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of syncytium

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for syncytium

New Latin, from syn- + cyt-

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The first known use of syncytium was in 1876

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26 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Syncytium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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syn·​cy·​tium | \ sin-ˈsish-(ē-)əm How to pronounce syncytium (audio) \
plural syncytia\ -​(ē-​)ə How to pronounce syncytia (audio) \

Medical Definition of syncytium

1 : a multinucleate mass of cytoplasm resulting from fusion of cells

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