cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio) \

Definition of cellular

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1a : of, relating to, or consisting of cells a cellular structure cellular growth
b : cell-mediated cellular immunity
2 : containing cavities : having a porous texture cellular rocks
3 : of, relating to, or being a radiotelephone system in which a geographical area (such as a city) is divided into small sections each served by a transmitter of limited range cellular phones



Definition of cellular (Entry 2 of 2)

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cellularity \ ˌsel-​yə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce cellularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of cellular in a Sentence

Adjective Researchers are observing the course of the disease at the cellular level.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Reducing inflammation, stabilizing the genome,controlling immune function and insulin activity, and reducing cellular (or oxidative) stress, among other things. Popular Science, "The latest guidance on how to prevent cancer," 15 June 2020 Biden proposed to invest $300 billion in research and development in technology such as electric vehicles, 5G cellular networks and artificial intelligence. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Biden proposes $700 billion plan to spur manufacturing, research to create 5 million jobs," 10 July 2020 There are two ways to get internet on the road — through a smartphone’s hot spot feature or through a true mobile hot spot, which is a portable LTE router that converts the cellular signal to Wi-Fi. Dallas News, "Trying to watch Netflix in your RV? Streaming on the road can be tricky — and expensive," 9 July 2020 Plasma is the clear, liquid portion of blood that remains after red and white blood cells, platelets and other cellular components are removed. Julie Washington, cleveland, "What is a blood type, and why it might matter if you get the coronavirus?," 30 June 2020 By the end of the year, China plans to deploy more than a half-million base stations in its $150 billion push to blanket the nation with fifth-generation cellular service, often with equipment from national champion Huawei Technologies Co. ... River Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Allies Capture China Tech Business Despite Washington’s Curbs," 29 June 2020 At the cellular level, antivirals work for a variety of reasons, each with its own specialty in attacking the virus at different points in its life cycle. Ryan Prior, CNN, "After saving his own life with a repurposed drug, a professor reviews every drug being tried against Covid-19. Here's what he's found," 27 June 2020 If oxidation is out of control somewhere in the body, the resulting crisis of cellular damage could cause that boost. Quanta Magazine, "Why Sleep Deprivation Kills," 4 June 2020 The impact was so great that Cambron, while finishing her PhD in cellular molecular biology last year, became a Beachbody instructor. Corey J. Maloney, Health.com, "Type 2 Diabetes Prompted This Woman to Give Up the Unhealthy Eating Traditions She'd Grown Up With," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jio Platforms is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, one of India’s biggest multinational companies and a major provider of cellular and internet services in the country. New York Times, "Facebook Invests $5.7 Billion in Indian Internet Giant Jio," 11 Apr. 2020 Many popular smartphone apps passively transmit user location to app companies at all hours of the day, via cellular, GPS, WiFi, or Bluetooth technology. Brent Skorup, National Review, "Fight Coronavirus, Unwind the Quarantine with Anonymous Smartphone Data," 7 Apr. 2020 Like previous cellular networks, 5G relies on signals carried out by radio waves, which are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. NBC News, "5G cell towers torched in U.K. amid bogus coronavirus theories," 6 Apr. 2020 Check the app’s settings and turn off uploads while on cellular. Whitson Gordon, New York Times, "Stop Your Phone From Using So Much Data," 5 Mar. 2020 The iPhone 7 build is the furthest along, and while the page says the CPU, storage, display, and touchscreen works, things like the GPU, camera, Bluetooth, audio, and cellular do not. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "“Project Sandcastle” brings Android to the iPhone," 5 Mar. 2020 The Walkie Talkie feature will work over either Wi-Fi or cellular, Microsoft says. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Attention! Microsoft Teams will add push-to-talk Walkie Talkie feature," 9 Jan. 2020 The merger, valued at $26.5 billion, is central to T-Mobile’s strategy to gain ground in an industry that is spending billions of dollars building out 5G cellular networks while engaging in intense price wars. Edmund Lee, New York Times, "T-Mobile’s Longtime C.E.O., John Legere, Will Step Down," 18 Nov. 2019 The Pros additionally come with a new fast charger adapter, Wi-Fi 6, quicker face ID and better cellular. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Apple Announces New iPhones Costing $699 — Here Are the Most Impressive Features," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cellular


1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cellular


New Latin cellularis, from cellula living cell, from Latin, diminutive of cella small room

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The first known use of cellular was in 1716

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“Cellular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellular. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cellular

: of, relating to, or made of the cells of living things
: relating to a system that uses radio waves instead of wires to send telephone signals


cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio) \

Kids Definition of cellular

1 : of, relating to, or made up of cells cellular tissue
2 : of, relating to, or being a cell phone


cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio) \

Medical Definition of cellular

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cells
2 : cell-mediated cellular immunity

Other Words from cellular

cellularity \ ˌsel-​yə-​ˈlar-​ət-​ē How to pronounce cellularity (audio) \ noun, plural cellularities

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