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cell theory

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  1. a basic tenet of modern biology, first stated by Matthias Schleiden and Theodor Schwann in 1838–39, that cells are the basic units of structure and function in living organisms.
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  • The influence of the cell-theory on morphology was not altogether happy.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • The comparison of cells with crystals was made in 1838 by the founders of the cell-theory, Schleiden and Schwann.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Another argument against the teleological view is derived from the facts of the cell-theory.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Schwann had therefore a good deal of exact knowledge to go upon in discussing the significance of the ovum for the cell-theory.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • The harmful influence of the cell-theory upon morphology did not pass unnoticed by the broader-minded zoologists of the day.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell