Definition of coenocyte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsēnəˌsīt/


A body of algal or fungal cytoplasm containing several nuclei enclosed in a single membrane.
Example sentences
  • One characteristic feature of the majority of syncytia and coenocytes is that their nuclei are regularly spaced within the cytoplasm.
  • The mycelia are large coenocytes with many nuclei and can therefore be heterokaryotic.
  • These coenocytes are tubular multinucleated filaments with no internal partitioning into cells.



Pronunciation: /ˌsēnəˈsitik/
Example sentences
  • Besides the already mentioned yeast spores, a good examples of a coenocytic plant is the multinucleate algae.
  • In multinucleate coenocytic green algae, very large nuclear genomes have a role in maintaining nucleus/cytoplasm ‘domains’.
  • The cell content is readily released by gently squeezing the segments of the coenocytic cellular organization.


Early 20th century: from Greek koinos 'common' + -cyte.

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Syllabification: coe·no·cyte

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