programmed cell death

noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers were surprised to find that, compared with mammals and fruit flies, the lobster has few genes that activate programmed cell death. R.m. Davis, Science | AAAS, 23 June 2021 Examples of such groups of genes are those involved in regulating the cell cycle and programmed cell death, and pathways for immune function and DNA repair. Amanda Kowalczyk, The Conversation, 1 July 2020 The result was that the cells became less likely to destroy themselves through a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death), which organisms often use as a kind of quality control system for eliminating defective tissue. Quanta Magazine, 7 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of programmed cell death was in 1964

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“Programmed cell death.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/programmed%20cell%20death. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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