Definition of motility
1 : the quality or state of being motile : capability of movement Actin is found in almost all kinds of non-muscle cells where it is thought to have an important role in cell motility.— Toshio Yanagida et al. Checks shape, concentration, motility, and number of sperm.— Michael Gold
2 : the ability of the muscles of the digestive tract to undergo contraction … some GERD patients have impaired gut motility, meaning that their stomachs empty too slowly.— Andrew Weil "Esophageal motility" refers to the action of the esophagus walls' musculature in propelling food downward to the stomach.— Paul G. Donohue Patients with scleroderma may have abnormal motility of the small intestine …— Hani C. Soudah et al.
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
Words at Play
Ask the Editors