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

Definition of cellular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

Other Words from cellular


cellularity \ ˌsel-​yə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce cellular (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 The cell body contains structures and organelles (’mini-organs’ inside the neuron) that keep it alive and carry out various cellular and genetic processes. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 South Dakota investigators in 2019 began searching Sanford’s email account, as well as his cellular and internet service providers, for possible possession of child pornography after his accounts were flagged by a technology firm. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 At the same time, the Ukrainians reported on Sunday that nearly all cellular and internet service in the area was down. New York Times, 1 May 2022 Memories of that date in 2002 flood his cellular and social-media universe. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Not only did the Messenger no longer have a building, much of the area also lacked electricity, cellular or internet service. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2022 Short periods of stress shock our systems at the cellular and molecular level, challenging our bodies to adapt to tough conditions and restore equilibrium, research shows. Betsy Morris, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 Now Cacioppo wanted to know if there were unique cellular and genetic markers in lonely people that might yield clues to the pathways to disease. Florence Williams, Wired, 14 Feb. 2022 During previous military conflicts in eastern Ukraine, the Russian military employed cyber capabilities to jam Ukrainian satellite, cellular and radio communications. Maggie Smith, The Conversation, 7 Feb. 2022 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, 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2020 Check the app’s settings and turn off uploads while on cellular. Whitson Gordon, New York Times, 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, 5 Mar. 2020 The Walkie Talkie feature will work over either Wi-Fi or cellular, Microsoft says. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 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, 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, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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More Definitions for cellular


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 cellular (audio) \ noun, plural cellularities

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