Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of cilium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Anat.) The eyelashes.
  • noun plural (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.
  • noun plural (Bot.) Hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash.
  • noun plural (Zoöl.) Small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora.

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  • noun Irregular plural form of cilium.

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Examples

  • Hamada showed hair-like projections on the embryo called cilia produce a leftward flow of fluid outside the embryo, allowing the embryo to identify its left side.

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  • Mutations impede the flow of chloride, causing the mucus to accumulate and impeding the hair-like particles called cilia from beating back and forth to clear out the mucus.

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  • For one, the trachea is lined with millions of tiny hairs called cilia that trap any gunk you might have breathed in.

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  • For one, the trachea is lined with millions of tiny hairs called cilia that trap any gunk you might have breathed in.

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  • For one, the trachea is lined with millions of tiny hairs called cilia that trap any gunk you might have breathed in.

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  • For one, the trachea is lined with millions of tiny hairs called cilia that trap any gunk you might have breathed in.

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  • The amount of water in the body generally decreases with age, which in turn decreases the action of tiny hairs, called cilia, in the nose that help wash it out.

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  • Each breath passes through or over lymph tissue and millions of hair like projections called cilia that filter, re-filter and remove any particles that may damage the lungs.

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  • It is, in fact, a minute oval body, many hundred times smaller than the full grown creature, and it swims about with great activity by the help of multitudes of little hair-like filaments, called cilia, with which its body is covered.

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  • Delicate, hair-like filaments, not unlike the pile on velvet, called cilia, spring from the epithelial lining of the air tubes.

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  • I've always thought "cilia" would be a beautiful name for a girl-- if it didn't bring protozoa to mind.

    October 15, 2007

  • Cilia! You're breakin my heart! You're shakin my confidence daily....!

    October 15, 2007

  • Oh man, I just gave myself a SImon & Garfunkel-related earworm!

    October 15, 2007

  • I like the name Celia.

    October 15, 2007

  • I don't like Celia the way that I like cilia, though. And while I like Cecilia, I like it for a completely different reason. I think it's all the little i's and l's that are so pretty (and onomatopoeic, actually.)

    October 15, 2007

  • And everyone else, npydyuan!

    I like "Celia" too. Nice name. Except for the damned earworm. ;-)

    October 15, 2007

  • Hmmm.... is there a word for visual onomatopoeia? "Cilia" kinda looks like what it means, at least in the middle....

    October 15, 2007

  • Someone did start a list like that way back when....

    Found it. Here you go.

    October 15, 2007

  • I offer a compromise: Cilla, a shortened form of Priscilla. Here I'm thinking of Cilla Black, a Beatles-era vocalist.

    October 15, 2007

  • Thanks, rt!

    Hmmm... Some of them I can see, like bed (cool!), but others.... I'm gonna need some help.

    October 15, 2007