cell doctrine

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Noun1.cell doctrine - (biology) the theory that cells form the fundamental structural and functional units of all living organisms; proposed in 1838 by Matthias Schleiden and by Theodor Schwann
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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Discussions regarding protection cell doctrine have resulted in the recommendation that protection cell membership not include representation from every functional element, but that selected members form a dedicated staff capable of coordinating with appropriate personnel and special staff elements.