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 The researchers' process also spurred growth of an extracellular matrix closely resembling that of human bone tissue. Anna Goshua, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 The extracellular matrix provides the mechanical support for tissues and is involved in the growth mechanism, regenerative, and healing processes. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 An immune reaction to extracellular DNA is part of an ancient immune defense triggered by severe infection or injury, Greinacher notes, and free DNA itself can signal the body to increase blood coagulation. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 11 Apr. 2021 The extracellular matrix, which was initially laid down in a haphazard fashion, is broken down and replaced in a more durable way. Matthew Steinhauser, The Conversation, 24 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 5 Mar. 2020

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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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“Extracellular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracellular. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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