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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcellcell /sel/ ●●● S3 W2 noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 HBbody the smallest part of a living thing that can exist independentlyblood/brain/nerve cell πŸ”Š red blood cells πŸ”Š cancer cells πŸ”Š Embryos grow by cell division (=the splitting of cells).2 cell.jpg prisonPRISON a small room in a prison or police station where prisoners are kept πŸ”Š He spent a night in the cells at the local police station. πŸ”Š the walls of his prison cellβ–Ί see thesaurus at prison3 phone American English a cellular phone; a telephone that you can carry around with you, that works by using a network of radio stations to pass on signals syn mobile British English πŸ”Š Call me on my cell if you’re running late.4 electricTEE a piece of equipment for producing electricity from chemicals, heat, or light πŸ”Š a car powered by electric fuel cells5 secret groupGROUP OF PEOPLE a small group of people who are working secretly as part of a larger political organization πŸ”Š a terrorist cell6 religious a small room in a monastery or convent where someone sleeps7 insect/small animalHBI a small space that an insect or other small creature has made to live in or use πŸ”Š the cells of a honeycombCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + cell a blood/nerve/brain/muscle etc cellNo new brain cells are produced after birth.a human/animal/plant cellthe structure of plant cellsa red cell (=the most common type of blood cell)The red cells carry the oxygen.a white cell (=a type of blood cell that defends your body against disease)In leukaemia there is an abnormal and excessive formation of white cells.a living/dead cellEvery living cell has a nucleus.normal/abnormalThe test enables doctors to detect abnormal cells.a stem cell (=one that divides and repairs the body, and may be used in medical treatment)Stem cells may make life-saving treatment possible.a cancer cellAlready there are many treatments which destroy cancer cells.verbsa cell dividesWhite blood cells divide rapidly.cell + NOUNcell divisionThe embryo grows by cell division.a cell count (=the number of cells in a particular amount of blood)A healthy person' s red cell count is close to 1,000.
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cellβ€’ These antibodies are produced by the B cells in our lymph glands.β€’ alkaline battery cellsβ€’ red blood cellsβ€’ cancer cellsβ€’ Warren planned to find a communist cell and become a member.β€’ He was tortured severely, stripped and manacled to a concrete cell floor.β€’ Methods for dissociating cells are therefore more drastic and not necessarily compatible with long-term viability.β€’ Thyroglobulin secreted by the epithelial cells, makes up 90 percent of the colloid.β€’ Results Deposits of formazan were found in the colonic epithelium, vascular endothelium, and infiltrating mononuclear cells.β€’ Conditions were poor, and there were several prisoners to one cell.β€’ When a surgeon destroys overactive cells in the globus pallidum, he restores balance to the system, said Grossman.β€’ The prison cells have doors of heavy steel.β€’ Barrett's oesophagus represents a metaplastic transformation of the normal squamous cell epithelium of the lower tubular oesophagus into columnar epithelium.β€’ You find that cells in adjacent parts of the visual cortex are activated by stimulation in adjacent parts of the visual field.blood/brain/nerve cellβ€’ Like cocaine and amphetamine, alcohol directly stimulates certain brain cells.β€’ Research has suggested that for blood cells, this lipid asymmetry may help to maintain the delicate balance between haemostasis and thrombosis.β€’ Now he could no more excise it from his brain cells than he could sever his past from his future.β€’ As the cells proceed from the stem cell to the various mature blood cell types they divide many times.β€’ Healthy proteins, which have not met up with prions, reside quietly in the membranes of nerve cells in the brain.β€’ The red blood cell is finally a small bag containing haemoglobin molecules for transporting oxygen.β€’ They can manufacture a whole host of body parts, from neurons to muscles to blood cells.β€’ Specifically, the protein is crucial for normal chemical functioning at synapses, the junctions where brain cells meet and exchange signals.prison cellβ€’ It had only one room, and one window, which was heavily barred, like a prison cell.β€’ It wasn't like a prison cell, it-was like a maid's room, Eve told herself firmly.β€’ The cell where he was held was, like a prison cell in a spaghetti western, built of mud.β€’ Nadia's winning work in her age-group showed a prison cell with doors thrown open, depicting freedom.β€’ Kaczynski was scheduled to begin seven days of mental tests Saturday in his Dublin prison cell.β€’ More than a dozen activists have locked themselves inside a mock prison cell they put up outside the federal Interior Ministry here.β€’ They are part of a nationwide operation which has cost millions of pounds after the disturbances which destroyed hundreds of prison cells.β€’ They might have sat in the same prison cell as he was sitting in now.
From Longman Business Dictionarycellcell /sel/ noun [countable usually singular] TELECOMMUNICATIONSa cell phone
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