Definition of unicellular in English:


Line breaks: uni|cel¦lu¦lar
Pronunciation: /ˌjuːnɪˈsɛljʊlə


  • 1(Of protozoans, certain algae, spores, etc.) consisting of a single cell: patches of unicellular algae a group of unicellular glands
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    • An interesting variant of normal photosynthesis is the simultaneous photoevolution of molecular hydrogen and oxygen by certain unicellular algae and in vitro cell-free preparations.
    • However, the evolutionary distance between unicellular organisms and higher plants might be a serious setback when trying to obtain high expression, at the right time and cellular localization, of foreign genes in plants.
    • As compared to metazoans, the development of these unicellular organisms is likely less affected by dissociated heterochrony, which is considered a common phenomenon in metazoans.
  • 1.1(Of an evolutionary or developmental stage) characterized by the formation or presence of a single cell or cells: the unicellular precursors of arms and legs
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    • All further cell divisions from this unicellular stage of the human being occur by simple mitosis.
    • Second, the existence of unicellular life for one or two billion years without the formation of multicellular life wouldn't be a problem on Mars because it obviously was not a problem on Earth.

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