"Giant Cells" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
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Multinucleated masses produced by the fusion of many cells; often associated with viral infections. In AIDS, they are induced when the envelope glycoprotein of the HIV virus binds to the CD4 antigen of uninfected neighboring T4 cells. The resulting syncytium leads to cell death and thus may account for the cytopathic effect of the virus.
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- Cell, Giant
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- Giant Cells, Multinucleated
- Cell, Multinucleated Giant
- Cells, Multinucleated Giant
- Giant Cell, Multinucleated
- Multinucleated Giant Cell
- Multinucleated Giant Cells
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