1. Botany, Zoology. consisting of or characterized by a series of beadlike swellings alternating with contractions, as certain roots or stems.
  2. resembling a string of beads in shape.

Origin of moniliform

1795–1805; < Latin monīli- (stem of monīle necklace) + -form
Related formsmo·nil·i·form·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for moniliform


  1. biology shaped like a string of beadsmoniliform fungi

Word Origin for moniliform

C19: from New Latin monīliformis, from Latin monīle necklace + forma shape
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moniliform in Medicine


  1. Shaped like a string of beads.
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