Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores.
- mo·til·i·ty [moh-til-i-tee], /moʊˈtɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- non·mo·tile, adjective
- un·mo·tile, adjective
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How to use motile in a sentence
These bacilli (Fig. 89) are large (5 to 10 long), non-motile, and usually arranged end to end in chains.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Cocci exhibit this movement, but with the exception of the Micrococcus agilis, the cocci are non-motile.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
Like long rows of hyphens, slender cylindric, non-motile chains joined end to end.The Social Gangster | Arthur B. Reeve
The latter ultimately divides in the apex of the pollen-tube into two non-motile generative cells.
These simple plants may be seen as actively moving cells or as non-motile cells.
British Dictionary definitions for motile
capable of moving spontaneously and independently
psychol a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own
- motility (məʊˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for motile
Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.
- motility noun (mō-tĭl′ĭ-tē)
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