Why was a cell called a cell?

Dmitry Medvedev
Dmitry Medvedev
February 26, 2013
Why was a cell called a cell?

Probably every person met with the concept of "living cell", or "cell of a living creature." But not everyone knows why a cell was called a cell, where the word came from and what it means. We will try to explain all this.

History of origin

The very first person who saw the cells is the scientist Robert Hooke. In 1663 he tried to understand why the cork tree floats well, and began to examine a thin section of the cork of the tree through an improved microscope. He found that the cork was divided into a large number of tiny cells that reminded him of the monastic cells. Therefore, he called them cells, which from English means "cell".

But there is another theory, also related to Robert Hooke. This theory is based on the fact that cells reminded him of a honeycomb. After all, the word cell means not only “cell”, but also “cell”.

Now you know why a cell is called a cell, learn about its opening, and what the word cell means.

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