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cell theory

noun
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 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
  • The influence of the cell-theory on morphology was not altogether happy.

    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 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
  • But the publication in 1839 of Schwann's cell-theory marks the rise of modern pathology.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • Another argument against the teleological view is derived from the facts of the cell-theory.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Between the cell-theory on the one side, and physiology on the other, it was a wonder that morphology kept alive at all.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

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