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Multinucleate Cells

  1. Feb 1, 2008 #1
    Is Plasmodium an example of a syncytium, or is there a slight difference between the two terms?

    Thank you.
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  3. Feb 2, 2008 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    syncytium: A large cell-like structure formed by the joining together of two or more cells.

    Plasmodium falciparum - single celled protist causes malaria. It is not a synctium.
    plasmodium (lower case) is the macroscopic stage of a slime mold - which is a syncytium.

    This is unfortunate, but you need to watch capitalization.
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