Definition of cellular in English:



  • 1Relating to or consisting of living cells.

    ‘cellular proliferation’
    • ‘These cells form distinctive cellular masses, which are termed endocrine glands.’
    • ‘These cells create a cellular and molecular barrier at the site of injury, called the glial scar.’
    • ‘As people age, their cellular and humoral immunity generally diminish and T cell activity and immunoglobulins decrease.’
    • ‘Thus, defects in either cell type have the potential to affect both cellular and humoral immunity to varying degrees.’
    • ‘Depletion of cellular glutathione levels sensitizes cells to the toxic effects of these carcinogens.’
    • ‘Histologic sections showed a cellular proliferation of spindle neoplastic cells that were arranged in short fascicles.’
    • ‘Infection with T gondii induces both cellular and humoral immune responses.’
    • ‘In the absence of a normal cellular immune response, bacterial proliferation may lead to infection.’
    • ‘The frozen section showed a cellular spindle cell lesion without a prominent granulomatous pattern.’
    • ‘These activated cells release chemoattractants and growth factors that result in cellular proliferation and granuloma formation.’
    • ‘When the cells are fused they become one hybrid cell with shared cellular contents, including two sets of genes.’
    • ‘The body uses humoral and cellular immune responses to reject a transplanted graft.’
    • ‘This size was compared with the myoma cell size in the cellular outer zone.’
    • ‘Endothelial cells and mononuclear phagocytes are likely cellular mediators of lung IRI.’
    • ‘Wound healing is an essential and complicated process in which several types of cells and cellular messengers interact.’
    • ‘There were 2 growth patterns, namely, a cellular spindle cell pattern and a hypocellular fibrous pattern.’
    • ‘Cells include histologically viable and necrotic eosinophils and other inflammatory cells, and cellular debris is often abundant.’
    • ‘In animal cells, Prx are implicated in complex cellular processes including cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis.’
    • ‘The histology is similar and consists of a cellular spindle cell lesion with whorls.’
    • ‘At the cellular level, necrotic hepatocytes infiltrate portal tracts, leading to inflammatory changes in the liver bed.’
  • 2Denoting or relating to a mobile telephone system that uses a number of short-range radio stations to cover the area that it serves, the signal being automatically switched from one station to another as the user travels about.

    • ‘In summary, our present study showed an increased risk for brain tumors among users of analog cellular telephones.’
    • ‘Cutting-edge firms have developed wireless and cellular telephone technology, as well as new applications for the Internet.’
    • ‘AT & T Bell Labs proposed the cellular telephone system we know today.’
    • ‘Wireless local calling became common near the end of the twentieth century with cellular telephone systems.’
    • ‘His firm engineers telephone system infrastructure, specializing in the cellular telephone industry.’
    • ‘There was no evidence adduced about finding any other drug paraphernalia, weapons, cellular telephones, or pagers.’
    • ‘Systems and methods which enable fast and simple identification of unauthorized users of cellular telephones are described.’
    • ‘The phone, unlike those from its competitors, switches automatically between cellular and wireless internet networks.’
    • ‘They reckon that the ruling on in-flight phone calls is just a way for airlines to make you use their own pricey cellular telephone systems.’
    • ‘A user of the cellular telephone generates a preliminary message including an Internet e-mail address for the Internet station.’
    • ‘The unit connector port is also adapted to receive power from a connected cellular telephone.’
    • ‘Nokia is investing US $12 billion building an industrial park outside Beijing to make handsets and cellular base stations.’
    • ‘Subscriber lists from the two Danish operating companies identified 420,095 cellular telephone users.’
    • ‘Until everyone has joined the mobile phone revolution and cellular technology becomes fully reliable, most pay phones should remain.’
    • ‘More recently, largely due to the sharp rise in cellular mobile telephone subscribers and paging users, a number of new telecommunication retailer branches have opened.’
    • ‘ExpressNet combines digital two-way radio with cellular telephony and advanced instant messaging.’
    • ‘Utilising the cellular telephone network and localised transmitters, vehicle location systems like Tracker lead police to the stolen vehicle.’
    • ‘The user equipment may be based on a set-top box and television, a personal computer, a cellular telephone with a display, or other such devices.’
    • ‘Mobile phones use radio waves, operating on a cellular system.’
    • ‘Each cylinder can generate radio signal to disrupt cellular traffic, said Marshall.’
  • 3(of a fabric item, such as a blanket or vest) knitted so as to form holes or hollows that trap air and provide extra insulation.

    • ‘I was lying below a cellular blanket and I have never felt so cosy or secure in my adult life.’
  • 4Consisting of small compartments or rooms.

    ‘cellular accommodation’
    • ‘The two-storey standalone building is laid out to provide a number of cellular offices with natural light on three sides.’
    • ‘The office space is mainly open plan but has some cellular offices and meeting rooms.’
    • ‘The offices are open plan and include meeting rooms and cellular offices.’
    • ‘With luminous communal spaces contained on lower floors, the upper levels will provide cellular teaching rooms and offices for the law school.’
    • ‘There are also a number of meeting rooms, conference rooms, cellular offices and kitchen facilities.’
    • ‘Above the banking hall is a brick-clad volume containing cellular conference rooms and offices which require a greater degree of seclusion.’
    • ‘Pairs of cellular rooms housing offices and classrooms are arranged on each of the three sides of the courtyard.’
    • ‘A hierarchy of scale obtains, with larger spaces at lower level and smaller cellular rooms on the upper floors.’
    • ‘Another wing contains cellular rooms around an internal open-air courtyard for the Sukka festival.’


Mid 18th century: from French cellulaire, from modern Latin cellularis, from cellula ‘little chamber’, diminutive of cella.