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multicellular

[muhl-tee-sel-yuh-ler, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈsɛl yə lər, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
adjective
1.
composed of several or many cells.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; multi- + cellular
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Examples from the web for multicellular
  • The event was the merger of two primitive bacterial-type cells into a eukaryote, the type of cell in all multicellular organisms.
  • It is one of the marvels of evolution that they are able to do this, and so allow the development of multicellular creatures.
  • Today multicellular species may top the food chain but they remain dependent upon microbes for survival.
  • Bacterial cells are fundamentally different to the cells of multicellular animals such as humans.
  • In multicellular animals this is achieved by a vascular system.
  • Some species gather by the thousands to form multicellular bodies that can crawl.
  • And they may get better thanks to living cells: the multicellular organism called brown algae.
  • But all these proposals represent little more than multicellular prejudice.
  • Every large multicellular organism is a planet for billions of micro-organisms.
  • Some aggregate so closely as to mimic a multicellular organism.
Word Origin and History for multicellular
adj.

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

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multicellular in Medicine

multicellular mul·ti·cel·lu·lar (mŭl'tē-sěl'yə-lər, -tī-)
adj.
Having or consisting of many cells.


mul'ti·cel'lu·lar'i·ty (-lār'ĭ-tē) n.
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multicellular in Science
multicellular
  (mŭl'tē-sěl'yə-lər)   
Having or consisting of many cells. Compare unicellular.
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