|exemplifying most nearly the essential characteristics of a higher group in natural history, and forming the type|
|a grouping of tissues into a distinct structure, as a heart or kidney in animals or a leaf or stamen in plants, that performs a specialized task|
|1.||a small simple room, as in a prison, convent, monastery, or asylum; cubicle|
|2.||any small compartment: the cells of a honeycomb|
|3.||biology the basic structural and functional unit of living organisms. It consists of a nucleus, containing the genetic material, surrounded by the cytoplasm in which are mitochondria, lysosomes, ribosomes, and other organelles. All cells are bounded by a cell membrane; plant cells have an outer cell wall in addition|
|4.||biology any small cavity or area, such as the cavity containing pollen in an anther|
|5.||primary cell secondary cell dry cell wet cell See also fuel cell a device for converting chemical energy into electrical energy, usually consisting of a container with two electrodes immersed in an electrolyte|
|6.||short for electrolytic cell|
|7.||a small religious house dependent upon a larger one|
|8.||a small group of persons operating as a nucleus of a larger political, religious, or other organization: Communist cell|
|9.||maths a small unit of volume in a mathematical coordinate system|
|10.||zoology one of the areas on an insect wing bounded by veins|
|11.||the geographical area served by an individual transmitter in a cellular radio network|
|[C12: from Medieval Latin cella monk's cell, from Latin: room, storeroom; related to Latin cēlāre to hide]|
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.
|cell (sěl) Pronunciation Key
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A region of the atmosphere in which air tends to circulate without flowing outward.