Share this entry

cellular Line breaks: cel¦lu|lar
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛljʊlə/

Definition of cellular in English:


1Relating to or consisting of living cells: cellular proliferation
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • These cells form distinctive cellular masses, which are termed endocrine glands.
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.
Example sentences
  • A user of the cellular telephone generates a preliminary message including an Internet e-mail address for the Internet station.
  • Systems and methods which enable fast and simple identification of unauthorized users of cellular telephones are described.
  • 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.
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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • Above the banking hall is a brick-clad volume containing cellular conference rooms and offices which require a greater degree of seclusion.
  • Another wing contains cellular rooms around an internal open-air courtyard for the Sukka festival.
  • A hierarchy of scale obtains, with larger spaces at lower level and smaller cellular rooms on the upper floors.


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



Pronunciation: /sɛljʊˈlarɪti/
Example sentences
  • Supporting evidence for malignant transformation included high cellularity, increased mitotic activity, cellular pleomorphism, hemorrhage, and necrosis.
  • Using the Fisher exact test, the difference in cellularity of the lesions in the childbearing age group versus perimenopausal and postmenopausal women was statistically significant.
  • One spinal tumor demonstrated focal histologic features consistent with a high-grade sarcoma, including brisk mitoses, increased cellularity, marked nuclear hyperchromasia, and marked cellular pleomorphism.

Words that rhyme with cellular

fibula • Caligula • singular

Definition of cellular in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive