- Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores.
Origin of motile
1860–65; < Latin mōt(us) (past participle of movēre to move, set in motion) + -ile
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All strains are non-motile, non-sporogenous, and non-capsule-forming.The Bacillus of Long Life
Non-motile facultative anarobes usually cloud the broth also, but settle out more rapidly than the motile ones.
It is true that some of the intestinal organisms are motile, but most of the bacteria which are pathogenic are non-motile.
Cocci exhibit this movement, but with the exception of the Micrococcus agilis, the cocci are non-motile.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
The latter ultimately divides in the apex of the pollen-tube into two non-motile generative cells.
- capable of moving spontaneously and independently
- psychol a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own
C19: from Latin mōtus moved, from movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for non-motile
"capable of movement," 1831, back-formation from motility.
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- Moving or having the power to move spontaneously.
- Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.
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- Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.
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