Meaning of “cilium” in the English Dictionary

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"cilium" in British English

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ciliumnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪl.i.əm/ us /ˈsɪl.i.əm/ plural cilia uk // us specialized

Examples from literature

  • The body is covered with uniform cilia except at the anterior extremity. 
  • The cilia move very rapidly when quite fresh, and are therefore not easily seen. 
  • The cilia which propel them secure the aeration of the system. 
  • The entire body is covered with uniform and delicate cilia, which are placed in longitudinal rows. 
  • They are little oval bodies with two cilia, which may sometimes be rendered visible by staining with iodine. 

(Definition of “cilium” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)