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air cell

Anatomy, Zoology, Botany. a cavity or receptacle containing air.
Electricity. a cell in which the positive electrode is depolarized by the oxygen in the air.
Origin of air cell
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The size of the air cell is commonly taken as a guide to the age of the egg.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • The air cell termed clavicular sends a process outward towards the arm, along with the blood vessels which supply the arm.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • I inhaled great draughts of the dry, pure air, which seemed to penetrate to my very toes, and open every air cell in my body.

  • It is built of iron, surrounded with air cell asbestos board, so as to maintain a cooking temperature of 400° Fahr.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Evaporation of water from the egg further shrinks the contents and increases the size of the air cell.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
air cell in Medicine

air cell n.

  1. A terminal dilation of the bronchiole where gas exchange is thought to occur.

  2. Spaces that contain air in the bones of the skull.

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