What does cilia mean?

Definitions for ciliaˈsɪl i ə; ˈsɪl i əm

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  1. cilia(Noun)


  2. cilia(Noun)

    Plural form of cilium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cilia

    the eyelashes

  2. Cilia

    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

  3. Cilia

    hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash

  4. Cilia

    small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora

  5. Origin: [L. cilium eyelid.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cilia

    sil′i-a, n.pl. hair-like lashes borne by cells.—adjs. Cil′iary, Cil′iāte, Cil′iāted, Cilif′erous, having cilia; Cil′iīform, very thin and slender like cilia. [L. cilium, pl. cilia, eyelids, eyelashes.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cilia

    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)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cilia in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cilia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stella Lee:

    The inside of the nose is lined by a multitude of cilia( which look like a shag carpet under the microscope) that are constantly providing clearance of mucus, pathogens and inhaled particulates to the back of the nose by beating in a rhythmic motion, it is amazing that our noses can differentiate between potentially harmful pathogens and innocuous agents.

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