- any of the small, fingerlike projections of the surface of an epithelial cell.
Origin of microvillus
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- physiol a thin protuberance present in great abundance at the surface of some epithelial cells, notably in the gut, thus increasing the surface area available for absorption
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- Any of the minute hairlike structures projecting from the surface of certain types of epithelial cells, especially those of the small intestine.
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