programmed cell death


Definition of programmed cell death

Examples of programmed cell death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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, "A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer," 7 Nov. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'programmed cell death.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of programmed cell death

1964, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about programmed cell death

Statistics for programmed cell death

Last Updated

20 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for programmed cell death

The first known use of programmed cell death was in 1964

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for programmed cell death

programmed cell death


Medical Definition of programmed cell death

More from Merriam-Webster on programmed cell death Encyclopedia article about programmed cell death

Comments on programmed cell death

What made you want to look up programmed cell death? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


readily or continually undergoing change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!