pertaining to or characterized by cellules or cells, especially minute compartments or cavities.
of or relating to cellular phones.
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of, relating to, resembling, or composed of a cell or cells
having cells or small cavities; porous
divided into a network of cells
(textiles) woven with an open texture: a cellular blanket
designed for or involving cellular radio

1753, with reference to cellular tissue, from Modern Latin cellularis “of little cells,” from cellula “little cell,” diminutive of cella (see cell). Of mobile phone systems (in which the area served is divided into “cells” of a few square miles served by transmitters), 1977. Related: Cellularity.

cellular cel·lu·lar (sěl’yə-lər)

Of, relating to, or resembling a cell.

Consisting of, composed of, or containing a cell or cells.


The basic unit of living matter in all organisms, consisting of protoplasm enclosed within a cell membrane. All cells except bacterial cells have a distinct nucleus that contains the cell’s DNA as well as other structures (called organelles) that include mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum, and vacuoles. The main source of energy for all of a cell’s biological processes is ATP. See more at eukaryote, prokaryote.

Any of various devices, or units within such devices, that are capable of converting some form of energy into electricity. Cells contain two electrodes and an electrolyte. See more at electrolytic cell, solar cell, voltaic cell.

cellular adjective

language, cellular automaton
A system for cellular automaton programming by J Dana Eckart dana@faculty.cs.runet.edu. Cellular includes a byte-code compiler, run-time system, and a viewer.
Latest version: 2.0, as of 1993-04-03.
Posted to comp.sources.unix, volume 26.
See also Cellang.


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