View synonyms for motility


[ moh-til-i-tee ]


  1. Biology. the ability to move spontaneously, or the rate or degree of such movement:

    Advanced zinc deficiency can impair the motility and number of sperm.

Discover More

Other Words From

  • non·mo·til·i·ty noun
  • su·per·mo·til·i·ty noun

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of motility1

First recorded in 1800–10; from Latin mōt-, stem of movēre “to move” + -ility ( def )

Discover More

Compare Meanings

How does motility compare to similar and commonly confused words? Explore the most common comparisons:

Discover More

Example Sentences

Many involve prescribing a prokinetic agent, a medication that enhances motility.

From Time

Radiation exposure from laptops, cellphones and modems has also been associated with declining sperm counts, impaired sperm motility and abnormal sperm shape.

It really ramps up the motility of the gastrointestinal tract, which causes diarrhea, among other things.

Remnants of food from previous meals indicate deficient gastric motility.

With each increase in glycerol level, motility was reduced during the incubation period.

This is shown in Figure 10 along with the effect on motility of adding catalase, which is discussed in the next section.

The average prefreezing motility percentage for the above samples was 58, with an average rate of motility of 2.9.

A child who is "suggestible" to a high degree shows it in what we call "motility."