1. Of, relating to, or resembling a cell.
2. Consisting of or containing a cell or cells: the cellular construction of a beehive; the cellular nature of plant and animal tissue.
3. Of or involving the cells of an organization or movement: "The assessment of opposition to any totalitarian regime ... is notoriously difficult, for any effective movement must be secretive and cellular" (Anthony Sampson).
4. Of or relating to a cellular telephone.
[From Latin cellula, cellule; see CELLULE.]
cel′lu·lari·ty (-lărĭ-tē) n.
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