Definitions for villusˈvɪl əs; ˈvɪl aɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vil•lusˈvɪl əs; ˈvɪl aɪ(n.)(pl.)vil•li

  1. any of the fingerlike projections on the surface of certain membranes, esp. on the mucous membrane of the small intestine, functioning to increase the area for the absorption, secretion, or exchange of materials.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. any of the long, soft, straight hairs covering the fruit, flowers, and other parts of certain plants.

    Category: Botany

Origin of villus:

1695–1705; < L: shaggy hair, thick nap

Princeton's WordNet

  1. villus(noun)

    a minute hairlike projection on mucous membrane


  1. villus(Noun)

    a small projection from a mucous membrane, particularly those found in the intestines

Webster Dictionary

  1. Villus(noun)

    one of the minute papillary processes on certain vascular membranes; a villosity; as, villi cover the lining of the small intestines of many animals and serve to increase the absorbing surface

  2. Villus(noun)

    fine hairs on plants, resembling the pile of velvet


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