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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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Here, higher percentage of neutrophils in ascites was also associated with shorter survival time, which showed that shorter OS was associated with the significant increase in the number of ascites coenocytes, accompanied by an increasing coenocytes-to-monocyte ratio.
32: Kupffercells abundantly appear as a result of coenocytes. (arrow X400 (H&E)
Once the cells have reached this outer most layer they have gone through a process of differentiation, which has transformed them into dead, flattened, anucleated cells called "coenocytes", which can take between 28 46 days to complete.