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[mahy-kroh-vil-uh s] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈvɪl əs/
noun, plural microvilli
[mahy-kroh-vil-ahy] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈvɪl aɪ/ (Show IPA).
Cell Biology.
any of the small, fingerlike projections of the surface of an epithelial cell.
Origin of microvillus
First recorded in 1950-55; micro- + villus
Related forms
microvillar, microvillous, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for microvilli


noun (pl) -li (-laɪ)
(physiol) a thin protuberance present in great abundance at the surface of some epithelial cells, notably in the gut, thus increasing the surface area available for absorption
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microvilli in Medicine

microvillus mi·cro·vil·lus (mī'krō-vĭl'əs)
n. pl. mi·cro·vil·li (-vĭl'ī')
Any of the minute hairlike structures projecting from the surface of certain types of epithelial cells, especially those of the small intestine.

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