syncytium defined in 1951 yearsyncytium - syncytium;
syncytium - (Zool.). Mass of cytoplasm, enclosed in a single continuous plasma membrane, containing many nuclei. The cytoplasm may be in the form of a sheet (forming an epithelium, e.g. trophoblast of many mammalian placentas); of a cylinder, e.g. striped muscle; of a network of almost discrete cells, each with a nucleus, but with cytoplasmic continuity through intercellular bridges, though it is difficult to establish this with certainty. The term is not used in botany; but where protoplasmic continuum exists via plasmodesmata between cells, the term symplasm is used. See also: Cell, Plasmodium, Coenocyte.
near syncytium in Knolik
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