microvillus

noun
mi·​cro·​vil·​lus | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈvi-ləs How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \
plural microvilli\ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈvi-​ˌlī How to pronounce microvillus (audio) , -​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \

Definition of microvillus

: a microscopic projection of a tissue, cell, or cell organelle especially : any of the fingerlike outward projections of some cell surfaces

Other Words from microvillus

microvillar \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈvi-​lər How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \ adjective
microvillous \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈvi-​ləs How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of microvillus

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for microvillus

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“Microvillus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microvillus. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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microvillus

noun
mi·​cro·​vil·​lus | \ -ˈvil-əs How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \
plural microvilli\ -​ˌlī How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \

Medical Definition of microvillus

: a microscopic projection of a tissue, cell, or cell organelle especially : any of the fingerlike outward projections of some cell surfaces

Other Words from microvillus

microvillar \ -​ˈvil-​ər How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \ adjective
microvillous \ -​ˈvil-​əs How to pronounce microvillus (audio) \ adjective

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