multinucleate cell formed from fusion of multiple cells
- Fungal hyphae are often syncytia.
- Lichen tissue may be syncytia with enclosed algal or bacterial cells.
- Many insect eggs develop by nuclear division without cell membranes.
- Skeletal muscles in vertebrates are syncytia: it allows rapid coordinated contraction of muscles along their entire length.
- The placenta of mammals is a syncytium.