Definition of primitive cell in English:

primitive cell


  • The smallest possible unit cell of a lattice, having lattice points at each of its eight vertices only.

    • ‘But for a given lattice, which of the many possible primitive cells should be selected?’
    • ‘That's why people think juvenile onset diabetes is the ideal problem for stem cells to solve: those primitive cells from embryos, foetuses or adult organs, which have the ability to turn into the tissues you want.’
    • ‘As an example. it is shown that the two-dimensional honeycomb structure can not be viewed as a Bravais lattice unless the proper primitive cell and basis are selected.’