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cnidocil

[nahy-duh-sil]
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noun Zoology.
  1. a hairlike sensory process projecting from the surface of a cnidoblast, believed to trigger the discharge of the nematocyst.
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Origin of cnidocil

1880–85; cnido- + -cil < New Latin cilium; see cilia
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  • In some cases a small hair-like process, the trigger hair or cnidocil, may be seen projecting above the surface of the cell.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg