pilus

noun pi·lus \ ˈpī-ləs \

Definition of pilus

plural pili play \ˈpī-ˌlī\
: a hair or a structure (as on the surface of a bacterial cell) resembling a hair

Origin and Etymology of pilus

Latin


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pilus

noun pi·lus \ ˈpī-ləs \

medical Definition of pilus

plural pili play \-ˌlī\
: a hair or a structure (as on the surface of a bacterial cell) resembling a hair

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