How did cells get their name after Anton van Leeuwenhoek invented the microscope?

After Anton van Leeuwenhoek invented his microscope in 1642, a colleague was using it to look at thinly sliced cork.

He thought that the neat rows of squares looked like the living quarters of monks —”cells”— and so the name stuck.

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