- Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores.
Origin of motile
Related Words for motileroving, portable, liquid, itinerant, fluid, free, migrant, peripatetic, ambulatory, wandering, locomotive, motile, mobile, flying, running, going, roaming, walking, progressing, traversing
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Historical Examples of motile
The spirochetes are motile but flagella have not been shown to be present.
These petioles are provided with a series of motile leaflets.Life Movements in Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The motile organs are cirri and cilia, all inserted in the constriction.Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole
Gary N. Calkins
Bacteria which are thus capable of independent movement are spoken of as motile bacteria.
By studying living bacteria with this device it can be determined whether they are motile or not.
- capable of moving spontaneously and independently
- psychol a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own
Word Origin for motile
"capable of movement," 1831, back-formation from motility.
- Moving or having the power to move spontaneously.
- Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.
- Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.