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Occurring or being (situated) outside the cell or cells.


For example, extracellular fluid is the fluid found outside the cell (or cells) in contrast to the intracellular fluid which is the fluid inside the cell. The intercellular fluid (or interstitial fluid located in between cells) is a component of extracellular fluid.

Word origin: from Latin extra- (outside of) + cellular from Latin cellulāris, equivalent to cellul(a) (live cell).

Compare: intracellular

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Xenobiotic Agents for Biofilm Prevention and Treatment

... Biofilms are a serious problem in the clinic due to three key factors: (1) the extracellular matrix limits diffusion of molecules such as antibiotics, preventing them from readily accessing the target bacteria; (2) some bacteria ...

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Too many ions inside a neuron cell. What happens?

Since it's passive transport, the concentration will never be higher than in extracellular space.

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