Meaning of “cell wall” in the English Dictionary


"cell wall" in English

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cell wallnoun [ C ]

/ˈsel ˌwɔːl/ /ˈsel ˌwɔːl/ specialized

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  • A typical living cell may be described as composed of a cell wall and contents. 
  • As a result the cell walls grow thinner with loss of moisture,—in other words, the cell shrinks. 
  • Each plant consists of a mass of protoplasm surrounded by an ill-defined cell wall. 
  • The membrane surrounding the cell is known as the cell wall, and in young plant cells is always composed of cellulose. 
  • While among plants the cell wall is almost always well developed, it is very common for animal cells to be entirely lacking in this external covering—as, for example, the white blood-cells. 

(Definition of “cell wall” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cell wallnoun [ C ]

/ˈsel ˌwɔl/

biology the hard outer covering that surrounds a plant cell and that consists mainly of cellulose

(Definition of “cell wall” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)