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See also: cyté and -cyte


Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek κῠ́τος (kútos, hollow”, “vessel); compare -cyte.



cyte (plural cytes)

  1. (biology, rare) Synonym of cell (quantity of protoplasm, containing a nucleus, enclosed within a cell membrane)
    • 1874 August, Louis Elsberg, «Regeneration, or the Preservation of Organic Molecules: A Contribution to the Doctrine of Evolution» in Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Twenty-third meeting, held at Hartford, Conn., August, 1874, ed. Frederic Ward Putnam (1875), part II, § B: “Natural History”, field iv: ‘Zoology’, page 90, footnote 1:
      The low form elements devoid of a nucleus were in 1866 by Hæckel (Generelle Morphologie der Organismen 1866, vol. 1, p. 270) called cytodes (cell like) to distinguish them from cytes or cells.

Etymology 2[edit]

See city.


cyte (plural cytes)

  1. Obsolete spelling of city