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

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The reasons for these molecular voyages have remained mysterious, but in recent years evidence has accrued that this extracellular RNA may have a different job, at least in some organisms. Quanta Magazine, "RNA’s Secret Life Outside the Cell," 8 Nov. 2013 Other researchers decoded the genes that synthesized the extracellular matrix and how this matrix could vary between species and even within the same individual. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, "Building Codes for Bacterial Cities," 25 July 2017 Instead of trying to recreate the band-aid, the team decides to mimic what's known as extracellular matrix (ECM). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Bio Glue Stops Post-Traumatic Bleeding in Its Tracks," 14 May 2019 Tumor microenvironment is the immediate cellular environment of the cancer cells, including surrounding blood vessels, immune cells, signaling molecules and the tissue matrix that surrounds tumor cells (i.e., the extracellular matrix). Philly.com, "Why is breast cancer deadlier for black women?," 23 Feb. 2018 Making the extracellular region under the skin more porous allows larger quantities of the drug to be injected. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Halozyme signs mammoth drug partnerships," 14 Sep. 2017 The idea of using extracellular matrices, hydrogels or other material as a scaffolding to bioprint organs like hearts and kidneys is being investigated by labs around the world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This “Tissue” Paper Is Made From Real Tissue," 11 Aug. 2017 Multicellularity meant several things, including cells not dividing so fast, reining in resource use, taking care of the extracellular environment, and sometimes even making the ultimate sacrifice: cellular suicide. Athena Aktipis, Slate Magazine, "Why Cancer Isn’t Going Anywhere," 20 Apr. 2017 Recently, a team of Ottawa scientists stripped an apple of its plant cells, carved a fruit slice to look like a human ear and filled its extracellular matrix with cervical tissue. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue that beats," 27 Mar. 2017

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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

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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