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cytology

noun cy·tol·o·gy \sī-ˈtä-lə-jē\

biology : the study of plant and animal cells

Full Definition of CYTOLOGY

1
:  a branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, multiplication, pathology, and life history of cells
2
:  the cytological aspects of a process or structure
cy·to·log·i·cal \ˌsī-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ or cy·to·log·ic \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective
cy·to·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
cy·tol·o·gist \sī-ˈtä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of CYTOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1889

Other Cell Biology Terms

gamete, vacuole, zygote

cytology

noun cy·tol·o·gy \sī-ˈtäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural cy·tol·o·gies

Medical Definition of CYTOLOGY

1
:  a branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, multiplication, pathology, and life history of cells
2
:  the cytological aspects of a process or structure
cy·to·log·i·cal \ˌsīt-əl-ˈäj-i-kəl\ or cy·to·log·ic \-ˈäj-ik\ adjective
cy·to·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
cy·tol·o·gist \sī-ˈtäl-ə-jəst\ noun

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