in·​tra·​cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈin-trə-ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce intracellular (audio) , ˈin-(ˌ)trä- \

Definition of intracellular

: existing, occurring, or functioning within a cell intracellular parasites

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Other Words from intracellular

intracellularly adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Previous work suggested phase separation of the intracellular protein HP1 helped stretches of heterochromatin bunch up. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Sloppy science or groundbreaking idea? Theory for how cells organize contents divides biologists," 21 Jan. 2021 But the reports have been convincing, says Luís Carlos, a nanoscientist at the University of Aveiro in Portugal, who studies intracellular thermometry but was not involved in the new study. Alla Katsnelson, Scientific American, "Mysterious Heat Spikes inside Cells Are Probed with Tiny Diamonds," 15 Jan. 2021 But Girault noted that the enzyme that catalyzes the attachment of dopamine to H3 is also regulated by levels of intracellular calcium. Quanta Magazine, "The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression," 27 Oct. 2020 Poinar has worked on amber fossils for decades, first discovering that amber could preserve intracellular structures in an organism trapped inside in a 1982 study. Katie Hunt, CNN, "'Blood amber:' A portal into dinosaur times but an ethical minefield for paleontologists," 19 Sep. 2020 The neuron in the center (yellow) contains an abnormal intracellular accumulation of huntingtin called an inclusion body (orange). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huntington’s disease triggered by genetic instability in brain cells, study finds," 15 Aug. 2019 That intracellular lipid mortar is partly composed of a form of lipids called ceramides. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "11 Things Dermatologists Want You to Know About Sensitive Skin," 16 May 2018 T cells scan the intracellular environment and then, with the help of other parts of the defense system, target and destroy invaders such as viruses. Marie Mccullough,, "Cracking the cancer code: Can immune therapy treat tumors?," 5 Apr. 2018 The slow growth, together with its intracellular residence, make extracting M. leprae from human tissue incredibly difficult. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Berserk leprosy bacteria are wildly mutating to become extremely drug resistant," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of intracellular

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intracellular was in 1876

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“Intracellular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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in·​tra·​cel·​lu·​lar | \ -ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce intracellular (audio) \

Medical Definition of intracellular

: existing, occurring, or functioning within a cell intracellular enzymes intracellular localization of RNA synthesis intracellular parasites

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intracellularly adverb

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