Definition of cytopathic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsīdəˈpaTHik/
(also cytopathogenic /ˌsītəˌpaTHəˈjenik/)


Of, pertaining to, or producing damage to living cells.
Example sentences
  • Following a 48-hr incubation period, cells were examined for cytopathic effect or plaques, respectively.
  • These cell lines cannot be introduced for routine isolation of the virus as the method of cell propagation is very difficult and neither cytopathic effects nor cell death can be observed.
  • Rare multinucleated giant cells with eosinophilic cytoplasmic inclusions surrounded by clear halos, characteristic of respiratory syncytial virus cytopathic effect, were seen on routine histologic sections.

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Syllabification: cy·to·path·ic

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