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[muhl-tee-sel-yuh-ler, muhl-tahy-]
  1. composed of several or many cells.
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Origin of multicellular

First recorded in 1855–60; multi- + cellular
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Historical Examples of multicellular

  • One is, that some forms present the beginning of a multicellular condition.

    Stories of the Universe: Animal Life

    B. Lindsay

  • All other animals and all the higher plants are multicellular.

  • On no hypothesis can we really understand the collaboration and subordination of the cell-lives of any multicellular animal.

  • This many-celled or multicellular condition of the body is true of all the animals except the simplest, the unicellular Protozoa.

  • Weismann deduces from this a radical distinction between the unicellular and the multicellular organisms.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

Word Origin and History for multicellular


also multi-cellular, 1857, from multi- + cellular.

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multicellular in Medicine


(mŭl′tē-sĕlyə-lər, -tī-)
  1. Having or consisting of many cells.
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Related formsmul′ti•cel′lu•lari•ty (-lărĭ-tē) n.
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multicellular in Science


  1. Having or consisting of many cells. Compare unicellular.
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