contact inhibition

noun

Definition of contact inhibition

: cessation of cellular movement, growth, and division upon contact with other cells

First Known Use of contact inhibition

1965, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about contact inhibition

Time Traveler for contact inhibition

Time Traveler

The first known use of contact inhibition was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Statistics for contact inhibition

Cite this Entry

“Contact inhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contact%20inhibition. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for contact inhibition

contact inhibition

noun

Medical Definition of contact inhibition

: cessation of cellular undulating movements upon contact with other cells with accompanying cessation of cell growth and division

Comments on contact inhibition

What made you want to look up contact inhibition? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!