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.

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In the normal cellular cycle, cells that become old or damaged die off and get replaced by newer, healthier versions. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Does Cancer Actually Kill Someone?," 15 Mar. 2019 Your body's ability to eliminate this cellular junk slows down as you age (just like your body's ability to stay out past 9 p.m.). Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "La Prairie Wants You To Spend $655 On a Pre-Serum Lotion," 6 Feb. 2019 Qualcomm has accused Apple of stealing modem-chip designs and giving them to Intel in order to help Intel make cellular chips that could be used in iPhones at lower prices than those charged by Qualcomm. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple stole Qualcomm chip secrets and gave them to Intel, Qualcomm claims," 25 Sep. 2018 The company is asking the ITC to ban the import of infringing iPhones that use cellular modem chips from Intel. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Testimony begins in Qualcomm's bid to ban imports of some iPhones," 18 June 2018 The European Union in January fined Qualcomm $1.2 billion, accusing it of bribing Apple to use its chips in iPhones and iPads during a period when Qualcomm's cellular chips accounted for 90% of the market. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "After Trump's block of Broadcom, what's next for Qualcomm?," 13 Mar. 2018 Their freedom from reliance on a cellular network to communicate makes them ideal for camping adventures and caravan road trips. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose a Two-Way Radio," 10 Dec. 2018 The four major cellular companies each build their own network (imagine if Ford, GM and Chrysler each had built a road system only for use of their own cars). WSJ, "Pole Taxes: FCC’s 5G Plan Ends Local Say," 1 Oct. 2018 Department spokesman Roman Clark said the cellular company is aware of the issue, which is not only impacting the Baltimore region. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Fire Department: Some T-Mobile customers unable to reach 911," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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 -ties

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