host cell

noun
plural host cells

Definition of host cell

: a living cell invaded by or capable of being invaded by an infectious agent (such as a bacterium or a virus) This drug integrates with the virus in a way that prevents it from attaching to host cells, and prevents viral replication of cells already infected.— Donald M. Kaminsky Once the protozoan invades the host cell, it apparently is shielded from the action of any drug.— Burton J. Bogitsh et al.

First Known Use of host cell

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of host cell was in 1885

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host cell

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Medical Definition of host cell

: a living cell invaded by or capable of being invaded by an infectious agent (as a bacterium or a virus) HIV makes Tat only after the virus gets inside a host cell— John Travis

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