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motile

[ moht-l, moh-til ]
/ ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl /
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Definition of motile

adjective
Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores.
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Origin of motile

1860–65; <Latin mōt(us) (past participle of movēre to move, set in motion) + -ile

OTHER WORDS FROM motile

mo·til·i·ty [moh-til-i-tee], /moʊˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounnon·mo·tile, adjectiveun·mo·tile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for motile

motile
/ (ˈməʊtaɪl) /

adjective
capable of moving spontaneously and independently
noun
psychol a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own

Derived forms of motile

motility (məʊˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for motile

C19: from Latin mōtus moved, from movēre to move
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Scientific definitions for motile

motile
[ mōtl, mōtīl′ ]

Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.

Other words from motile

motility noun (mō-tĭlĭ-tē)
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