ciliary

adjective
cil·​i·​ary | \ ˈsi-lē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce ciliary (audio) \

Definition of ciliary

1 : of, relating to, or being the annular suspension of the lens of the eye
2 : of or relating to cilia

Examples of ciliary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Rosen zoomed in, however, an animal flowed across my field of vision, rapidly propelled by its scintillating ciliary fringe. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of ciliary

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ciliary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ciliary. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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ciliary

adjective
cil·​i·​ary | \ ˈsil-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce ciliary (audio) \

Medical Definition of ciliary

1 : of or relating to cilia ciliary movement
2 : of, relating to, or being the annular suspension of the lens of the eye a ciliary arteriole ciliary spasm

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