- 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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Examples from the Web for nonmotile
In 36 hours a motile, tadpole-like stage is reached and in a few days the embryo becomes quiescent and nonmotile.
This nonmotile stage is infective whereas the motile embryonic stage is not.
- 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 nonmotile
"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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