Definition of coenocyte in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsēnəˌsīt/ /ˈsinəˌsaɪt/


  • A body of algal or fungal cytoplasm containing several nuclei, enclosed in a single membrane.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike the secondary division of a coenocyte that yields the linear arrays of cells, this variant appears to represent a growing structure caught at various stages of its development.’
    • ‘If the ‘branched’ botuliform cells derived from a branched filamentous coenocyte, then there is also a reasonable case for inferring the presence of the form-genus Palaeovaucheria.’


Early 20th century from Greek koinos ‘common’+ -cyte.