cilium

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noun cil·i·um \ˈsi-lē-əm\

Definition of cilium

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cilia

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  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 and Etymology of cilium

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


First Known Use: 1794


CILIUM Defined for Kids

cilium

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noun cil·i·um \ˈsi-lē-əm\

Definition of cilium for Students

plural

cilia

\ˈsi-lē-ə\
  1. :  a tiny hairlike structure on the surface of some cells


Medical Dictionary

cilium

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noun cil·i·um \ˈsil-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of cilium

plural

cilia

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  1. 1:  eyelash

  2. 2:  a minute, short, hairlike process that projects from the surface of most eukaryotic cells, is composed chiefly of microtubules, in unicellular organisms functions chiefly in locomotion, and in higher forms serves especially in the movement of fluids and particles (as the passage of mucus and dust from the lungs) and in sensory reception—see ciliopathy


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