Definition of cell wall in English:

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cell wall

Pronunciation: /ˌsel ˈwôl/

noun

Biology
A rigid layer of polysaccharides lying outside the plasma membrane of the cells of plants, fungi, and bacteria. In the algae and higher plants, it consists mainly of cellulose.
Example sentences
  • The direction of cell growth is determined by the orientation of the cellulose fibrils in the cell wall.
  • Components of the cell wall of fungi are powerful and general elicitors in plants.
  • Similar reactions can be seen in animal cells although they lack the rigid cell wall.

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Syllabification: cell wall

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