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vibrissa

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noun vi·bris·sa \vī-ˈbri-sə, və-\

Definition of vibrissa

plural vi·bris·sae play \vī-ˈbri-(ˌ)sē; və-ˈbri-(ˌ)sē, -ˌsī\

  1. 1 :  one of the stiff hairs that are located especially about the nostrils or on other parts of the face in many mammals and that often serve as tactile organs

  2. 2 :  one of the bristly feathers near the mouth of many and especially insectivorous birds that may help to prevent the escape of insects



Origin of vibrissa

Medieval Latin, from Latin vibrare


First Known Use: circa 1693

Rhymes with vibrissa


Medical Dictionary

vibrissa

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noun vi·bris·sa \vī-ˈbris-ə, və-\

Medical Definition of vibrissa

plural vi·bris·sae \vī-ˈbris-(ˌ)ē; və-ˈbris-(ˌ)ē, -ī\play play

  1. 1:  any of the stiff hairs that are located especially about the nostrils or on other parts of the face in many mammals and that often serve as tactile organs

  2. 2:  any of the stiff hairs growing within the nostrils that serve to impede the inhalation of foreign substances

  3. vi·bris·sal \-əl\play adjective




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