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cell

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noun

verb (used without object)

to live in a cell: The two prisoners had celled together for three years.

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Origin of cell

before 1150; 1665–75 for def. 4; Middle English celle<Old French celle<Medieval Latin cella monastic cell, Latin: room (see cella); Old English cell<Medieval Latin, as above; see cella
cell-like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cell (1 of 2)

cell1
/ (sɛl) /

noun

cell-like, adjective
C12: from Medieval Latin cella monk's cell, from Latin: room, storeroom; related to Latin cēlāre to hide

British Dictionary definitions for cell (2 of 2)

cell2
/ (sɛl) /

noun

a variant spelling of cel
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Medical definitions for cell

cell
[ sĕl ]

n.

The smallest structural unit of an organism that is capable of independent functioning, consisting of one or more nuclei, cytoplasm, and various organelles, all surrounded by a semipermeable cell membrane.
A small enclosed cavity or space.
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Scientific definitions for cell

cell
[ sĕl ]

The basic unit of living matter in all organisms, consisting of protoplasm enclosed within a cell membrane. All cells except bacterial cells have a distinct nucleus that contains the cell's DNA as well as other structures (called organelles) that include mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum, and vacuoles. The main source of energy for all of a cell's biological processes is ATP. See more at eukaryote prokaryote.
Any of various devices, or units within such devices, that are capable of converting some form of energy into electricity. Cells contain two electrodes and an electrolyte. See more at electrolytic cell solar cell voltaic cell.
cellular adjective
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Cultural definitions for cell (1 of 2)

cell

A region of the atmosphere in which air tends to circulate without flowing outward.

Cultural definitions for cell (2 of 2)

cell

The basic unit of all living things except viruses. In advanced organisms, cells consist of a nucleus (which contains genetic material), cytoplasm, and organelles, all of which are surrounded by a cell membrane.

Groups of cells with similar structure and function form tissues.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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