How many nuclei can a cell have?

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Sep 5, 2016

Eukaryotic cells may have more than one nucleus per cell . Such cells are called multinucleate or polynuclear cells.


Multinucleate cells may be the result of cell fusion ( eg. Skeletal muscle cells , tapetal cells in plants ) , or due to nuclear division not being followed by cytokinesis ( eg. Plasmodia of plasmodium slime moulds, schizonts of Plasmodium parasite ) .

Osteoclasts are multinucleate cells aiding in maintenance and repair of bones.

Binucleate cells are most commonly found in cancer cells.