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flagellum

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noun, fla·gel·lum \flə-ˈje-ləm\

Definition of flagellum

plural flagellaplay \-lə\ also flagellums

  1. :  any of various elongated filiform appendages of plants or animals: as a :  the slender distal part of an antenna b :  a long tapering process that projects singly or in groups from a cell and is the primary organ of motion of many microorganisms



Origin of flagellum

New Latin, from Latin, whip, shoot of a plant


First Known Use: 1852


FLAGELLUM Defined for Kids

flagellum

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noun fla·gel·lum \flə-ˈje-ləm\

Definition of flagellum for Students

plural flagella \-ˈje-lə\

  1. :  a structure resembling a whip that sticks out from a cell and by which some tiny organisms (as bacteria) move




Medical Dictionary

flagellum

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noun fla·gel·lum \flə-ˈjel-əm\

Medical Definition of flagellum

plural flagella \-ə\play also flagellums

  1. :  a long tapering process that projects singly or in groups from a cell and is the primary organ of motion of many microorganisms




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