filament

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fil·a·ment

noun \ˈfi-lə-mənt\

: a thin thread or hair

: a thin wire in a light bulb that glows when electricity passes through it

Full Definition of FILAMENT

:  a single thread or a thin flexible threadlike object, process, or appendage: as
a :  a tenuous conductor (as of carbon or metal) made incandescent by the passage of an electric current; specifically :  a cathode in the form of a metal wire in an electron tube
b (1) :  a thin and fine elongated constituent part of a gill
(2) :  an elongated thin series of cells attached one to another or a very long thin cylindrical single cell (as of some algae, fungi, or bacteria)
c :  the anther-bearing stalk of a stamen — see flower illustration
fil·a·men·ta·ry \ˌfil-ə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē\ adjective
fil·a·men·tous \-ˈmen-təs\ adjective

Examples of FILAMENT

  1. algae covered with tiny filaments
  2. <the cable was made up of fine filaments twisted together>

Origin of FILAMENT

Middle French, from Medieval Latin filamentum, from Late Latin filare to spin — more at file
First Known Use: 1594

Related to FILAMENT

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

fil·a·ment

noun \ˈfil-ə-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FILAMENT

: a single thread or a thin flexible threadlike object, process, or appendage; especially : an elongated thin series of cells attached one to another or a very long thin cylindrical single cell (as of some algae, fungi, or bacteria)
fil·a·men·tous \ˌfil-ə-ˈment-əs\ adjective

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