[ mahy-kroh-vil-uhs ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊˈvɪl əs /
noun, plural mi·cro·vil·li [mahy-kroh-vil-ahy]. /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈvɪl aɪ/. Cell Biology.
any of the small, fingerlike projections of the surface of an epithelial cell.
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OTHER WORDS FROM microvillusmi·cro·vil·lar, mi·cro·vil·lous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microvillus
/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈvɪləs) /
noun plural -li (-laɪ)
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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Medical definitions for microvillus
[ mī′krō-vĭl′əs ]
n. pl. mi•cro•vil•li (-vĭl′ī′)
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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