nonmotile

adjective
non·​mo·​tile | \ ˌnän-ˈmō-tᵊl How to pronounce nonmotile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of nonmotile

: not exhibiting or capable of movement : not motile … separating healthy from non-motile sperm.— Michael Shuler Motile bacteria have flagella, while nonmotile bacteria do not.— Bruce Hofkin

First Known Use of nonmotile

1887, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About nonmotile

Time Traveler for nonmotile

Time Traveler

The first known use of nonmotile was in 1887

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near nonmotile

nonmoral

nonmotile

nonmotorized

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nonmotile

Cite this Entry

“Nonmotile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonmotile. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for nonmotile

nonmotile

adjective
non·​mo·​tile | \ -ˈmōt-ᵊl, -ˈmō-ˌtīl How to pronounce nonmotile (audio) \
variants: or non-motile

Medical Definition of nonmotile

: not exhibiting or capable of movement : not motile nonmotile gram-negative bacterial rods a nonmotile sperm

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!