[ nahy-duh-sil ]

  1. a hairlike sensory process projecting from the surface of a cnidoblast, believed to trigger the discharge of the nematocyst.

Origin of cnidocil

1880–85; cnido- + -cil<New Latin cilium;see cilia

Words Nearby cnidocil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cnidocil in a sentence

  • In some cases a small hair-like process, the trigger hair or cnidocil, may be seen projecting above the surface of the cell.