Definition of paraptosis in English:

paraptosis

Syllabification: par·a·pto·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈtōsəs
 
/

noun

A system of programmed cell death in which empty spaces form in the cell cytoplasm and the mitochondria swells, causing the cell to lose its vitality. It differs from apoptosis in that the cell does not fragment.
More example sentences
  • Recent studies have shown cells may die in other forms, such as paraptosis, which occurs during brain development and neurodegeneration.

Origin

based on para- 'beside' + Greek ptōsis 'a falling'.

Derivatives

paraptotic

Pronunciation: /ˌparə(p)ˈtätik, -ˈtōtik/
adjective

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day epyllion
Pronunciation: ɪˈpɪlɪən
noun
a narrative poem resembling an epic in style...