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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vegetative cell mean? 

  The noun VEGETATIVE CELL has 1 sense:

1. any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes

  Familiarity information: VEGETATIVE CELL used as a noun is very rare.

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Sense 1vegetative cell [BACK TO TOP]


Any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes

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Nouns denoting body parts


somatic cell; vegetative cell

Context example:

somatic cells are produced from preexisting cells

Hypernyms ("vegetative cell" is a kind of...):

cell ((biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vegetative cell"):

skin cell (any of the cells making up the skin)

stem cell (an undifferentiated cell whose daughter cells may differentiate into other cell types (such as blood cells))

labrocyte; mast cell; mastocyte (a large connective tissue cell that contains histamine and heparin and serotonin which are released in allergic reactions or in response to injury or inflammation)

hybridoma (a hybrid cell resulting from the fusion of a lymphocyte and a tumor cell; used to culture a specific monoclonal antibody)

glial cell; neurogliacyte; neuroglial cell (a cell of the neuroglia)

nerve cell; neuron (a cell that is specialized to conduct nerve impulses)

Schwann cell (any cell that covers the nerve fibers in the peripheral nervous system and forms the myelin sheath)

muscle cell; muscle fiber; muscle fibre (an elongated contractile cell that forms the muscles of the body)

adipose cell; fat cell (cells composed of fat)

visual cell (one of the cells of the retina that is sensitive to light)

phagocyte; scavenger cell (a cell that engulfs and digests debris and invading microorganisms)

blood cell; blood corpuscle; corpuscle (either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets)

bone cell (a cell that is part of a bone)

neoplastic cell (a cell that is part of tumor)

epithelial cell (one of the closely packed cells forming the epithelium)

target cell (any cell that has a specific receptor for an antigen or antibody or hormone or drug, or is the focus of contact by a virus or phagocyte or nerve fiber etc.)

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