Cells can be of many different shapes

Some common shapes of cells are

Spherical Cells

They are round in shape

Example - Red Blood Cells in Humans

Spindle Cell

They are elongated like a spindle

Example - Muscle Cell in Humans

Elongated Cell

They are shaped like a branch of a tree

Example - Nerve Cells in Humans



The shape of the cell is so that it can help in its function

For Example -

  • Nerve Cells are long and branched because they need to make contact with other nerve cells and carry signals over long distances (from brain to other parts of the body)
  • Muscle cells are spindle shaped because muscles contract and relax. So, spindle shape makes it easier to contract and relax


What is shape of amoeba?

Amoeba is a single celled organism

Has no regular shape, it keeps on changing it's shape so it is irregular in shape


What is pseudopodia in amoeba?


You will observe that a varying length sticking outside the body of amoeba,this will appear and disappear as the amoeba moves or feeds

This varying length is known as Pseudopodia





White blood cell in human body can also change shape ?

Yes,white blood cells can change shape






NCERT Question 1 (b) - Indicate whether the following statements are True (T) or False (F).

Muscle cells are branched. (T/F)

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NCERT Question 1 (d) - Indicate whether the following statements are True (T) or False (F).

Amoeba has irregular shape. (T/F)

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NCERT Question 2 - Make a sketch of the human nerve cell. What function do nerve cells perform?

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