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microvillus

[mahy-kroh-vil-uh s]
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noun, plural mi·cro·vil·li [mahy-kroh-vil-ahy] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈvɪl aɪ/. Cell Biology.
  1. any of the small, fingerlike projections of the surface of an epithelial cell.
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Origin of microvillus

First recorded in 1950–55; micro- + villus
Related formsmi·cro·vil·lar, mi·cro·vil·lous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microvillus

microvillus

noun plural -li (-laɪ)
  1. 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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microvillus in Medicine

microvillus

(mī′krō-vĭləs)
n. pl. mi•cro•vil•li (-vĭlī′)
  1. 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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