Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plural of villus.

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  • n. Plural form of villus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. pl. of villus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of villus.

Etymologies

From Latin villus ("shaggy hair"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have learned in Section 144 that the mucous lining of the small intestines is crowded with millions of little appendages called villi, meaning "tufts of hair."

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  • The human bowel is lined with millions of projections called villi that facilitate the efficient absorption of nutrients.

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  • Its lining is made up of millions of leaflike structures called villi, which in turn are covered with millions of microvilli.

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  • In the alimentary canal are certain pointed eminences called villi, and certain ridges called valvuloe conniventes.

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  • The disease damages structures in the lining of the small intestine called villi, impairing the body's absorption of nutrients.

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  • The disease damages structures in the lining of the small intestine called villi, which in turn impairs the body's absorption of nutrients.

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  • The lining of the intestine is made up of peaks known as villi and valleys called crypts.

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  • The placenta • Finger like extensions called villi project from the embryo into the lining of the uterus eventually forming the placenta.

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  • One of the best-known examples of columnar epithelial cells appears as a covering of the projections called villi found in the small intestine.

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  • Even the tiniest amount of gluten, say a small breadcrumb, can cause damage to the small finger-like projections, called villi, that line the small intestine.

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