noun. ['ˌæpɔpˈtoʊsɪz'] a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself; a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the animal's survival.
- cell death
- caspase-mediated cell death
- programmed cell death
- ἀπόπτωσις (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word apoptosis
1. Noun, singular or mass
If the DNA has incorrect sequences, the cell will either wait and repair the DNA, stop dividing or enter cell apoptosis or cell death.