Etymology of Cell

It stands out in Latin as cella, moving to the field of biology documented in 1665 by the English scientist Robert Hooke (1635-1703) in his work Micrographia, observing the vegetal tissue of a cork as a constitution formed in small boxes comparable to a honeycomb, and then in 1851 the English biologist Thomas Huxley (1825-1895) identifies the shape of the cellular body as a class of microorganism. Formerly, cella referred to a monastery room, characterized by simplicity and small dimension, indicating a room of reduced space, associated with the verb celare, with roots in the Indo-European *kel-, for ‘cover’ or ‘shelter’.

A cell is an area characterized by the limitation of its space, emphasizing on the content that is developed within it. In this way, it extends to a multitude of contexts, illustrated for example in the use of the Excel software, whose infinite cells allow the creation of simple to complex operations acting in a separate or combined way.

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