n. [Gr. lysis, loosen; gene, to produce; -oma, tumor]
The name given a group of giant cells or syncytia denoting their origin from lysis or dissolution of walls of normal cells, forming a tumor-like structure.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • giant cell — A term applied to a host response in which a multinucleate mass of protoplasm or cytoplasm often acts as a preferred feeding site or nurse cell ; see coenocyte, syncytium, lysigenoma, teratocyte …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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