cel·lu·lar | \ˈsel-yə-lər \

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-ˈla-rə-tē, -ˈler-ə- \ noun

Examples of cellular in a Sentence


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

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Next the team figured out Ssm Spooky Toxin was blocking what scientists call a set of cellular machinery called KCNQ channels, which cells use to pass salts in and out of themselves. Meghan Bartels, Newsweek, "Killer Centipede Murders Mice in 30 Seconds With Spasm-Inducing 'Spooky Toxin' Also Fatal to Humans," 22 Jan. 2018 Tap on any app to access the same permissions as before, plus some extra ones—like access to notifications and permission to use cellular data as well as Wi-Fi. David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 Xfinity Mobile is set to place limitations on the maximum video quality and hotspot speeds that customers can get when using cellular data. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile announces new restrictions on video quality and hotspot speeds," 2 July 2018 This past year, there’s been a seismic shift in the way cellular data is sold. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Shopping for an Unlimited Smartphone Plan? Know Their Limits," 28 June 2018 This is typically used by streaming audio and video services for mobile devices to provide a benefit to their subscribers by reducing cellular data use. Fortune, "Net Neutrality Lives on in Washington State After FCC Kills It," 11 June 2018 The devices cost about $3,000 each plus several hundred dollars for a cellular data plan. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Record number of snowy owls sighted in Wisconsin this winter," 17 Feb. 2018 The negotiating partners also agreed on major steps toward expanding broadband reach and speed by 2025, a plan to patch holes in cellular data coverage and forming a new data ethics commission. Washington Post, "Germany’s Merkel passes major hurdle after party leaders agree on new coalition," 8 Feb. 2018 Ookla, which makes the popular Speedtest.net app for gauging Wi-Fi and cellular data speeds, gathered data on airports in the United States and Canada with free Wi-Fi between January and April of this year. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "These are the busiest U.S./Canadian airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But managing the kids’ iPhone usage, which can run off cellular, is trickier. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Hey, Apple: What will it take to get your kid off the iPhone?," 26 Apr. 2018 More information from Qualcomm about the status of the NXP deal is expected when the San Diego cellular technology giant reports fiscal second quarter financial results, which is also scheduled on April 25. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Qualcomm may seek to extend timetable on NXP deal amid China trade tensions," 13 Apr. 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 \

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 \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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