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Definition of Cilia

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singular form of cilia (tiny hairlike parts)
Cilia Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n. pl.)
The eyelashes.
  
(n. pl.)
Small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora.
  
(n. pl.)
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.
  
(n. pl.)
Hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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cilia
\cil"i*a\ (?), n. pl. cilium, the sing., is rarely used. [l. cilium eyelid.]
1. (anat.) the eyelashes.
2. (biol.) 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. (bot.) hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash.
4. (zo?l.) small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of ctenophora.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a hairlike projection from the surface of a cell; provides locomotion in free-swimming unicellular organisms
(hypernym) organelle, cell organ
2. any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids
(synonym) eyelash, lash
(hypernym) hair
(part-holonym) eyelid, lid, palpebra
Cilia Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A cilium (Latin for eyelash; the plural is cilia) is an organelle found in eukaryotic cells. Cilia are slender protuberances that project from the much larger cell body.

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