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


Researchers are observing the course of the disease at the cellular level.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But organoids don’t have the same cellular arrangement or blood vessel network. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?," 7 June 2019 Question: When the cabin door closes and the cabin staff announces for all cellular devices to be placed in airplane mode or turned off, some passengers feel this announcement does not pertain to them. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Is it OK to rat out passengers for phone use during takeoff and landing?," 7 June 2019 Identity Theft: Between May 6 and May 20, unknown suspects used a Saratoga resident’s personal information to access their cellular phone service account, deactivated the victim’s phone and activated a different phone. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Saratoga crime report for the week of June 14," 6 June 2019 Amazon has been circling the cellular industry for some time. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Amazon cell service? Company reportedly interested in buying Boost Mobile," 31 May 2019 There is even growing evidence the same cellular electric mechanisms could be harnessed to fix spinal injuries. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Connectivity: The All-new Kindle is Wi-Fi-only, while the Kindle Paperwhite offers a cellular option on its 32GB version for additional cost. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Amazon's All-new Kindle for $89.99 is priced for budget users," 20 Mar. 2019 Plug's infrared Amethyst BioMat facial bed aims to reduce inflammation and help boost the immune system, kick-starting collagen production and cellular repair. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 That should stop your cellular data and Wi-Fi from sapping the battery. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "The Best (and Worst) Ways to Make Your Phone Battery Last," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Obviously, the iPhones support Wi-Fi and LTE cellular as well as GPS. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 While the price point has gone up to $399 (for the version without cellular), compared with $329, Apple noted that the device is twice as fast. Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue, "Apple Watch Series 4 Review," 19 Sep. 2018 Pairs of drugs that targeted the same cellular processes were much more likely to be successful than combinations that worked in two different ways. Megan Thielking, STAT, "As drug resistance grows, combining antibiotics could turn up new treatments," 4 July 2018 Additional candidates include firms like Carma Therapeutics Inc., which is developing cellular immunotherapies based on work begun in the lab of Penn assistant professor Saar Gill to attack cancer tumors. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Penn invests $50 million in Philly biotech companies," 26 June 2018 The poll of 500 likely Maryland Democratic primary voters was conducted May 29 to June 6 by telephone, both land line and cellular. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Sun/UB Poll: Hogan is popular among Maryland Democrats despite Trump," 11 June 2018 Together these cellular and brain studies may explain why people who consume sweeteners still have a higher risk of obesity than individuals who don’t consume these products. Eunice Zhang, Washington Post, "Diet drinks may seem like a good idea, but their effects may surprise you," 3 June 2018 While device makers have mostly nailed down cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth reception in a metal device, wireless charging in a consumer device has always relied on a glass or plastic back. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6 Review—A series of downgrades is saved by the low price," 21 May 2018 The San Diego cellular technology giant’s shares ticked up nearly 3 percent Monday as investors bet that Trump’s tweet and subsequent moves by China’s antitrust regulator could telegraph a thawing of trade tensions between the two countries. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Qualcomm, NXP shares rise on renewed hope that China will green light merger," 14 May 2018

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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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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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