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cell′ the`ory

the tenet in biology that cells are the basic units of structure and function in living organisms.
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Noun1.cell theory - (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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Goblet cells carcinoid with mucinous adenocarcinoma of the vermiform appendix: a step towards the unitary intestinal stem cell theory? Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2014; 18: 1591-1594.
In this essay, I want to call attention to some intertexts and possible sources for these aspects that have long been recognized, and thus offer a new context for understanding them: the conceptions of the body and organic life depicted in "Song of Myself" can be traced back to antiquity, in particular to Pre-Socratic and Stoic philosophy, but at the same time go hand in hand with some of the latest discoveries in biology in Whitman's time: "cell theory." With regard to the tension between singularity and multiplicity in the organic poetics sketched in Leaves of Grass, tracking resonances of these two seemingly widely divergent discourses is revealing.
There is a stem cell theory assuming that because of the retrograde menstruation, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) present ectopically in the pelvic cavity.
The researchers are particularly interested in targeting stem cells because, according to cancer stem cell theory, cancerous tumors are driven by cancer stem cells.
* explaining cell theory, including developing knowledge of scientific investigations conducted by key historical figures in the field of Science;
Various hypotheses have been postulated to explain the possible pathogenesis which includes the stem cell theory, hostage hypothesis, field effect theory and collision theory.
Even at its earliest stage of development, the microscope was instrumental in the conception of the cell theory of Matthias Schleiden and Theodor Schwann in 1838; it also provided Robert Hooke (1635-1703) with the first observations of individual cells of cork.
The Cell Theory is the well-accepted premise that the cell is the fundamental unit of life.
Various theories have been put forward regarding the histogenesis of this tumor of which the Germ cell theory' has been most widely accepted.
The first section gives a general overview of the links between infection, inflammation, and cancer, as well as stem cell theory and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition.