microvillus

noun

mi·​cro·​vil·​lus ˌmī-krō-ˈvi-ləs How to pronounce microvillus (audio)
: a microscopic projection of a tissue, cell, or cell organelle
especially : any of the fingerlike outward projections of some cell surfaces
microvillar adjective
microvillous adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microvillus was in 1953

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“Microvillus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microvillus. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

microvillus

noun
mi·​cro·​vil·​lus -ˈvil-əs How to pronounce microvillus (audio)
plural microvilli -ˌlī How to pronounce microvillus (audio)
: a microscopic projection of a tissue, cell, or cell organelle
especially : any of the fingerlike outward projections of some cell surfaces
microvillar adjective
microvillous adjective
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