Origin of cellular

1745–55; < New Latin cellulāris, equivalent to cellul(a) live cell (Latin: little room; see cellule) + -āris -ar1
Related formscel·lu·lar·i·ty, nouncel·lu·lar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cellularity


  1. of, relating to, resembling, or composed of a cell or cells
  2. having cells or small cavities; porous
  3. divided into a network of cells
  4. textiles woven with an open texturea cellular blanket
  5. designed for or involving cellular radio
Derived Formscellularity (ˌsɛljʊˈlærɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for cellularity



1753, with reference to cellular tissue, from Modern Latin cellularis "of little cells," from cellula "little cell," diminutive of cella (see cell). Of mobile phone systems (in which the area served is divided into "cells" of a few square miles served by transmitters), 1977. Related: Cellularity.

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cellularity in Medicine


  1. The state of a tissue or other mass with regard to the degree, quality, or condition of cells present in it.


  1. Of, relating to, or resembling a cell.
  2. Consisting of, composed of, or containing a cell or cells.
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