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pilus

[pahy-luh s] /ˈpaɪ ləs/
noun, plural pili
[pahy-lahy] /ˈpaɪ laɪ/ (Show IPA).
Biology.
1.
a hair or hairlike structure.
Origin of pilus
1955-1960
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1955-60
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pilus pi·lus (pī'ləs)
n. pl. pi·li (-lī')

  1. A hair.

  2. A fine filamentous appendage, somewhat analogous to the flagellum, that occurs on some bacteria. Also called fimbria.

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