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 the Category 4 hurricane had knocked out power and cellular service on much of the island, so people would just walk into Funeraria Adames Memorial and tell him where to pick up the dead. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Rico scandal stirs anger and memories of the difficult days after Hurricane Maria," 28 July 2019 Estimates put new generations of cellular networks at the turn of every decade — experts expect the first real wave of 5G-capable smartphones will not roll out until 2020. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "UCI electrical engineering team looks ‘Beyond 5G’ with new wireless transceiver," 26 July 2019 Sprint, the current No. 4 wireless provider, has thousands of stores and other distribution points as well as a cellular network. Dallas News, "T-Mobile's $26.5 billion Sprint deal OKed despite competition fears," 26 July 2019 The ban on using a cellular connection means passengers can’t send SMS texts. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can You Text on a Plane? A Guide to In-Flight Phone Use," 22 July 2019 Today, Qualcomm, as well as other firms that develop cellular technology, license their standard essential patents based on the price of the entire smartphone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm gets support from Justice Department, others in anti-trust appeal," 16 July 2019 On a cellular level, added fibers looks pretty similar to intrinsic fibers, so our bodies process—or, rather, don’t process—them in largely the same way, Tewksbury says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Is Added Fiber in Literally Everything?," 12 July 2019 The other more likely type of freeze damage occurs when extra-cellular ice forms during normal cold winter conditions. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Protecting plants from the cold (Garden Talk)," 5 Feb. 2018 While evacuation instructions could have been broadcast directly to cellphones, community leaders instead relied on reverse 911 calls that were delayed as cellular towers became clogged with calls. AZCentral.com, "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The women pitched their startups to Qualcomm Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of the San Diego cellular technology giant, as well as others in an event held in San Francisco. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm Ventures targets women-run startups, invests $500,000 in artificial intelligence firm Blue Canoe," 24 July 2019 The San Diego cellular technology supplier late Monday asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold remedies ordered by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in the antitrust case brought by the Federal Trade Commission. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm asks Ninth Circuit to put antitrust sanctions on hold pending appeal," 9 July 2019 That’s why Whistle Labs, which makes a smart dog collar using GPS, relies on cellular for its users to monitor their pets’ activities, said Kevin Lloyd, chief technology officer of the company, now owned by Mars Petcare. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "What are Helium founders breathing? A cheaper, longer-range wireless network," 16 June 2019 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

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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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