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acellular

Pronunciation: ā-sel′yū-lăr

Definition:

  1. Devoid of cells.
  2. A term applied to unicellular organisms that do not become multicellular and are complete within a single cell unit; frequently applied to protozoans to emphasize their complete organization within a single cell.

Synonym(s): noncellular2

[G. a- priv. + L. cellula, a small chamber]

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