cell suicide

noun

variants or less commonly cellular suicide

Examples of cell suicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blebs signal cell suicide; when stressed cells start chopping up their own proteins, their membranes distend. Laura Mallonee, Wired, 19 May 2020 Cells use a variety of ways to eliminate their rivals, from kicking them out of a tissue to inducing cell suicide or even engulfing them and cannibalizing their components. Kendall Powell, Scientific American, 22 Jan. 2020 Perhaps the mechanism that drives cell suicide will evolve a more sophisticated function. Quanta Magazine, 3 Nov. 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cell suicide was in 1980

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“Cell suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20suicide. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cell suicide

noun
variants also cellular suicide
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