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[sel-yuh-ler] /ˈsɛl yə lər/
pertaining to or characterized by cellules or cells, especially minute compartments or cavities.
of or relating to cellular phones.
1745-55; < New Latin cellulāris, equivalent to cellul(a) live cell (Latin: little room; see cellule) + -āris -ar1
Related forms
cellularity, noun
cellularly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cellular
  • That's one of the fastest cellular processes in nature.
  • The prey became the mitochondrion, the cellular organ that produces energy.
  • That's because so much of our health-and our healthcare-depend on things going on at the cellular level.
  • Early prototype cellular phones await the development of microchips.
  • We need to work a little bit with the cellular providers to get ready for the future.
  • The incorporation of saturated fatty acids into the cell decreases cellular membrane fluidity.
  • As a result, they had no fax, and the office intercom was cellular.
  • Talk story about popularity of cellular telephones among rich teenagers.
  • Without early binocular experiences, however, these cellular mechanisms either die out or fail to develop.
  • Federal and local agents can already monitor cellular phone calls after obtaining a court warrant.
British Dictionary definitions for cellular


of, relating to, resembling, or composed of a cell or cells
having cells or small cavities; porous
divided into a network of cells
(textiles) woven with an open texture: a cellular blanket
designed for or involving cellular radio
Derived Forms
cellularity (ˌsɛljʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for cellular

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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cellular in Medicine

cellular cel·lu·lar (sěl'yə-lər)

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling a cell.

  2. Consisting of, composed of, or containing a cell or cells.

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cellular in Science

  1. The basic unit of living matter in all organisms, consisting of protoplasm enclosed within a cell membrane. All cells except bacterial cells have a distinct nucleus that contains the cell's DNA as well as other structures (called organelles) that include mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum, and vacuoles. The main source of energy for all of a cell's biological processes is ATP. See more at eukaryote, prokaryote.

  2. Any of various devices, or units within such devices, that are capable of converting some form of energy into electricity. Cells contain two electrodes and an electrolyte. See more at electrolytic cell, solar cell, voltaic cell.

cellular adjective
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cellular in Technology

language, cellular automaton
A system for cellular automaton programming by J Dana Eckart Cellular includes a byte-code compiler, run-time system, and a viewer.
Latest version: 2.0, as of 1993-04-03.
Posted to comp.sources.unix, volume 26.
See also Cellang.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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