cell meaning

[ sel ] Pronunciation:   "cell" in a sentence
Noun: cell  sel
  1. Any small compartment
    "the cells of a honeycomb" 
  2. (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals 
  3. A device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
    - electric cell 
  4. A small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
    - cadre 
  5. [N. Amer] A portable telephone that connects with the telephone network using radio waves
    - cellular telephone, cellular phone, cellphone, mobile phone, mobile [Brit], cellular [N. Amer] 
  6. Small room in which a monk or nun lives
    - cubicle 
  7. A room where a prisoner is kept
    - jail cell, prison cell 
  8. (computing) a position in an electronic spreadsheet identified by its row and column

Sounds like: sell

Derived forms: cells

See also: cellular, extracellular, intercellular, intracellular, unicellular

Type of: animate thing, compartment, electrical device, living thing, political entity, political unit, radiophone, radiotelephone, room, wireless telephone

Part of: being, cellblock, convent, monastery, organism, political movement, ward

Encyclopedia: Cell


See core.


A single small cavity surrounded partially or completely by walls.


A segment of a ribbed vault.


The small sleeping apartment of a monk or a prisoner.


In electrical systems, a single raceway of a cellular or underfloor duct system.


In electrical batteries, a single voltage-producing component used in series with other similar components to provide the desired output voltage.

A subordinate organization formed around a specific process, capability, or activity within a designated larger organization of a joint force commander’s headquarters.
A cell usually is part of both a functional and traditional staff structures.
(JP 3-33)

1. A single (basic) unit for producing dc electricity by electrochemical or photovoltaic action, as in a battery or a solar panel. Also see PRIMARY CELL, STANDARD CELL, STORAGE CELL.
2. An addressable, one-word-capacity storage element in a computer memory.
3. The geographic region covered by a specified repeater in a cellular communications network. See CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS.
4. An electrostatic charge dipole in the atmosphere, usually occurring in or near thunderstorms.
5. A thunderstorm.

Minute protoplasmic masses that make up organized tissue,consisting of a nucleus which is surrounded by protoplasm which contains the various organelles and is enclosed in the cell or plasma membrane. Cells are the fundamental,structural,and functional units of living organisms. (Dorland,28th ed) n
1 : a small compartment or bounded space
2 : a small usu. microscopic mass of protoplasm bounded externally by a semipermeable membrane, usu. including one or more nuclei and various nonliving products, capable alone or interacting with other cells of performing all the fundamental functions of life, and forming the smallest structural unit of living matter capable of functioning independently


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  2. these cells are known as endodermal cells.
  3. these cells are known as endodermal cells.
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  5. we can get nonmalignant hybrid cells.

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