What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[muhl-tee-sel-yuh-ler, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈsɛl yə lər, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
composed of several or many cells.
Origin of multicellular
1855-60; multi- + cellular Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
multicellular in Medicine

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

mul'ti·cel'lu·lar'i·ty (-lār'ĭ-tē) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
multicellular in Science
Having or consisting of many cells. Compare unicellular.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for multicellular

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for multicellular

Scrabble Words With Friends