fla·​gel·​lar flə-ˈje-lər How to pronounce flagellar (audio)
: of or relating to a flagellum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Goodsell showed me some recent paintings: a particle of the coronavirus trapped in a respiratory droplet; a closeup of the flagellar motor of E. coli. James Somers, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagellar was circa 1889

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“Flagellar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagellar. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


fla·​gel·​lar flə-ˈjel-ər How to pronounce flagellar (audio) ˈflaj-ə-lər How to pronounce flagellar (audio)
: of or relating to a flagellum
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