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A multinucleate cytoplasmic mass enclosed by a single cell wall, as in certain slime molds, fungi, and algae.

coe′no·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Botany) botany a mass of protoplasm containing many nuclei and enclosed by a cell wall: occurs in many fungi and some algae
coenocytic adj


(ˈsi nəˌsaɪt, ˈsɛn ə-)

a syncytium, esp. one formed by repeated division of the cell nucleus rather than by cellular fission.
[1895–1900; < Greek koinó(s) common]
coe`no•cyt′ic (-ˈsɪt ɪk) adj.
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Histopathology showed a chronic necrotizing and suppurative granulomatous dermatitis with numerous coenocytic (aseptate) hyphae (Fig.
The various species can be unicellular, multi-cellular, Coenocytic (having more than one nucleus in a cell), or colonial.
litorea are coenocytic with nuclei scattered along the length, but nuclear division occurs at the growing tip, usually in the dark.
Zygomycetous fungi have primitive coenocytic hyphae that will often be damaged and become nonviable during the biopsy procedures or by the chopping up or tissue grinding process in the laboratory.
Both are coenocytic algae and are members of the chlorophyte class Bryopsidophyceae (van den Hoek et al.
It has been reported that the ms1ms1 plants were characterized by formation of coenocytic microspores, resulting from the failure of cytokinesis after Telophase II (Albertsen and Palmer, 1979; Chen and Palmer, 1985; Chen et al.