cel·​lu·​lar | \ˈsel-yə-lər \

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)

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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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This time, Verizon is using the same 5G technology that will eventually make its way into 5G cellular networks. Mae Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?," 1 Oct. 2018 One of the other design changes Apple made this time was to make the entire back of the Watch out of materials that allow radio waves to pass through, to improve cellular reception. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried the Apple Watch Series 4 for a Week—Here’s What I Loved About It," 19 Sep. 2018 Education: Medical degree and a doctorate in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Alabama. miamiherald, "Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of April 9, 2018 | Miami Herald," 18 Sep. 2017 This biological logic operates separately from normal cell functions in cellular cyborgs. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Interviews were conducted online and by landline and cellular phones. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 Worth noting: the first Surface Go to hit the market will be Wi-Fi only; a cellular LTE model comes later, at an undisclosed price. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Microsoft unveils smaller, lighter, $399 Surface Go tablet computer," 9 July 2018 However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lightning can cause wildfires — and death — in a flash," 8 July 2018 Trailing, 3-0, in the match with 15 minutes left to play, the players here on Wednesday night might as well have plopped down onto the grass, gathered around someone’s cellular phone and started following the Germany-South Korea game. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 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 \

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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