cell wall

Origin of cell wall

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for cell wall

cell wall

noun
  1. the outer layer of a cell, esp the structure in plant cells that consists of cellulose, lignin, etc, and gives mechanical support to the cell
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cell wall in Medicine

cell wall

n.
  1. The rigid outermost cell layer found in plants and certain algae, bacteria, and fungi but characteristically absent from animal cells.
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cell wall in Science

cell wall

  1. The outermost layer of cells in plants, bacteria, fungi, and many algae that gives shape to the cell and protects it from infection. In plants, the cell wall is made up mostly of cellulose, determines tissue texture, and often is crucial to cell function. Compare cell membrane.
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cell wall in Culture

cell wall

The rigid outer covering of a typical plant cell, composed mainly of cellulose and lying outside the cell membrane. Animal cells do not have cell walls.

Note

It is the cell walls that give plant stems and wood their stiffness.
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