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Meaning of CELL

Pronunciation:  sel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; cells may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
  2. [n]  a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
  3. [n]  a room where a prisoner is kept
  4. [n]  small room is which a monk or nun lives
  5. [n]  any small compartment; "the cells of a honeycomb"
  6. [n]  a small unit serving as the nucleus of a larger political movement

CELL is a 4 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cadre, cubicle, electric cell, jail cell, prison cell
 See Also: acaryote, akaryocyte, akaryote, animate thing, archespore, archesporium, arthrospore, being, blastema, blastomere, bullpen, cell membrane, cell nucleus, cell organ, cell wall, cellblock, compartment, convent, cooler, cytoplasm, detention cell, detention centre, dungeon, electrical device, electrolytic cell, embryonic cell, energid, fertilized ovum, flagellated cell, formative cell, fuel cell, galvanic cell, gametocyte, germ cell, guardroom, hold, karyon, keep, Kupffer's cell, Leydig cell, Leydig's cell, living thing, monastery, mother cell, nucleus, organelle, organism, photovoltaic cell, plasma membrane, polar body, political movement, political unit, primary cell, protoplast, reproductive cell, room, secondary cell, Sertoli cell, Sertoli's cell, sex cell, solar cell, somatic cell, storage cell, sweatbox, tank, vacuole, voltaic cell, ward, zygote



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cell\, n. [OF. celle, fr. L. cella; akin to celare to
    hide, and E. hell, helm, conceal. Cf. {Hall}.]
    1. A very small and close apartment, as in a prison or in a
       monastery or convent; the hut of a hermit.
             The heroic confessor in his cell.     --Macaulay.
    2. A small religious house attached to a monastery or
       convent. ``Cells or dependent priories.'' --Milman.
    3. Any small cavity, or hollow place.
    4. (Arch.)
       (a) The space between the ribs of a vaulted roof.
       (b) Same as {Cella}.
    5. (Elec.) A jar of vessel, or a division of a compound
       vessel, for holding the exciting fluid of a battery.
    6. (Biol.) One of the minute elementary structures, of which
       the greater part of the various tissues and organs of
       animals and plants are composed.
    Note: All cells have their origin in the primary cell from
          which the organism was developed. In the lowest animal
          and vegetable forms, one single cell constitutes the
          complete individual, such being called unicelluter
          orgamisms. A typical cell is composed of a semifluid
          mass of protoplasm, more or less granular, generally
          containing in its center a nucleus which in turn
          frequently contains one or more nucleoli, the whole
          being surrounded by a thin membrane, the cell wall. In
          some cells, as in those of blood, in the am[oe]ba, and
          in embryonic cells (both vegetable and animal), there
          is no restricting cell wall, while in some of the
          unicelluliar organisms the nucleus is wholly wanting.
          See Illust. of {Bipolar}.
    {Air cell}. See {Air cell}.
    {Cell development} (called also {cell genesis}, {cell
       formation}, and {cytogenesis}), the multiplication, of
       cells by a process of reproduction under the following
       common forms; segmentation or fission, gemmation or
       budding, karyokinesis, and endogenous multiplication. See
       {Segmentation}, {Gemmation}, etc.
    {Cell theory}. (Biol.) See {Cellular theory}, under
  2. \Cell\ (s[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Celled} (s[e^]ld).]
    To place or inclose in a cell. ``Celled under ground.'' [R.]
Computing Dictionary

atm's term for a packet.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Unit of protoplasm, the essential living matter of all plants and animals.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The smallest membrane-bound biological unit capable of replication. Cells can function cooperatively as a part of a tissue or organ or can function independently as free-living microorganisms.
  1. The basic unit of any living organism that carries on the biochemical processes of life.
  2. the smallest unit that is considered to be alive. All living organisms either are one cell or are composed of several cells.
Thesaurus Terms
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