One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cell of a unicellular organism, constituting its entire body.
2The main body of a cell, containing its nucleus and organelles (as opposed to various projections or elements of external structure such as cell wall, flagella, dendrites, etc.).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist.
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