Definitions for ciliaˈsɪl i ə; ˈsɪl i əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cil•i•aˈsɪl i ə; ˈsɪl i əm(n.pl.)(sing.)cil•i•um
short, hairlike, rhythmically beating organelles on the surface of certain cells that provide mobility, as in protozoans, or move fluids and particles along ducts in multicellular forms.
Category: Cell Biology
Origin of cilia:
1705–15; NL, pl. of cilium eyelash, perh. from L supercilium eyebrow; see superciliary
Plural form of cilium.
small, generally microscopic, vibrating appendages lining certain organs, as the air passages of the higher animals, and in the lower animals often covering also the whole or a part of the exterior. They are also found on some vegetable organisms. In the Infusoria, and many larval forms, they are locomotive organs
hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash
small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Populations of thin, motile processes found covering the surface of ciliates (CILIOPHORA) or the free surface of the cells making up ciliated EPITHELIUM. Each cilium arises from a basic granule in the superficial layer of CYTOPLASM. The movement of cilia propels ciliates through the liquid in which they live. The movement of cilia on a ciliated epithelium serves to propel a surface layer of mucus or fluid. (King & Stansfield, A Dictionary of Genetics, 4th ed)
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