extracellular

adjective
ex·​tra·​cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˌek-strə-ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce extracellular (audio) \

Definition of extracellular

: situated or occurring outside a cell or the cells of the body extracellular digestion extracellular enzymes

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Other Words from extracellular

extracellularly adverb

Examples of extracellular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Exosomes – extracellular vesicles released from cells – also have been marketed as treatments for various health concerns, although no exosome products have been approved by the FDA. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Stem cell companies sell hope with unproven medicine for COVID-19 and other incurable diseases," 23 June 2020 Diatoms may release 70 percent of their photosynthetic production as goopy extracellular polymeric substances (EPS)—the glue of the biofilm neighborhood. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "Slimy Mudflat Biofilms Feed Migratory Birds—and Could Be Threatened," 17 June 2020 Like a traditional massage, the gun aims to reduce inflammation by flushing extracellular fluids such as lymph fluid and venous blood out of the muscle tissue and into the circulatory system. Pam Moore, Washington Post, "Can a massage gun fill in for your therapist? Here’s what you need to know.," 22 Apr. 2020 For example, the enzyme neutrophil elastase, which neutrophils release to kill invading bacteria, also erodes the extracellular matrix, the mesh of proteins and sugars that cradles cells and provides structural support for tissue. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells," 5 Mar. 2020 As these cells drain and shrink, their membranes pull away against the points of adhesion to the nearby extracellular matrix, creating mechanical stress. Daniel Engber, Scientific American, "Unexpected Clues Emerge About Why Diets Fail," 13 Jan. 2020 VentriGel contains a variety of large molecules, collectively known as the extracellular matrix, that supports cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study," 16 Sep. 2019 The purple web seen in the GIF is part of a mouse’s extracellular matrix, the scaffold that holds together organs’ cells. Jeffery Delviscio, Scientific American, "A Flash on Jupiter, the Death of Mitochondria and the World under Your Skin: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 16 Aug. 2019 The past five years have seen an explosion of research into extracellular vesicles. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of extracellular

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extracellular was in 1867

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30 Jun 2020

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“Extracellular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracellular. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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extracellular

adjective
ex·​tra·​cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˌek-strə-ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce extracellular (audio) \

Medical Definition of extracellular

: situated or occurring outside a cell or the cells of the body extracellular digestion extracellular enzymes

Other Words from extracellular

extracellularly adverb

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