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A coenocyte is a multinucleate cell. It can result from multiple nuclear divisions without accompanying cell divisions, or from cellular aggregation followed by dissolution of the cell membranes inside the mass. Coenocytes are found in fungi and some protists, such as algae and slime mold. Some plant structures, such as endosperm, are coenocytic as well.

Fungal mycleia in which hyphae lack septa are known as "aseptate" or "coenocytic".

See also

  • Syncytium
  • Dikaryon - temporary cohabitation in one cell of two different nuclei from disctinct organisms

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