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cilium

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noun cil·i·um \ˈsi-lē-əm\

Definition of cilium

plural cil·ia play \-lē-ə\

  1. 1 :  a minute short hairlike process often forming part of a fringe; especially :  one on a cell that is capable of lashing movement and serves especially in free unicellular organisms to produce locomotion or in higher forms a current of fluid

  2. 2 :  eyelash



Origin of cilium

New Latin, from Latin, eyelid; akin to Latin celare to conceal — more at hell


First Known Use: 1794

Rhymes with cilium


Medical Dictionary

cilium

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noun cil·i·um \ˈsil-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of cilium

plural cil·ia \-ē-ə\play

  1. 1:  eyelash

  2. 2:  a minute short hairlike process often forming part of a fringe; especially :  one of a cell that is capable of lashing movement and serves especially in free unicellular organisms to produce locomotion or in higher forms a current of fluid




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "cilium" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "cilium"


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