Definition of primitive cell in English:

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primitive cell


The smallest possible unit cell of a lattice, having lattice points at each of its eight vertices only.
Example sentences
  • That's why people think juvenile onset diabetes is the ideal problem for stem cells to solve: those primitive cells from embryos, foetuses or adult organs, which have the ability to turn into the tissues you want.
  • But for a given lattice, which of the many possible primitive cells should be selected?
  • As an example. it is shown that the two-dimensional honeycomb structure can not be viewed as a Bravais lattice unless the proper primitive cell and basis are selected.

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Syllabification: prim·i·tive cell

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