[ moht-l, moh-til ]
/ ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl /
Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores.
Words nearby motile
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, adjectivenon·mo·til·i·ty, nounsu·per·mo·til·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for nonmotile
In 36 hours a motile, tadpole-like stage is reached and in a few days the embryo becomes quiescent and nonmotile.
This nonmotile stage is infective whereas the motile embryonic stage is not.
British Dictionary definitions for nonmotile
/ (ˈməʊtaɪl) /
capable of moving spontaneously and independently
psychol a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own
Derived forms of motilemotility (məʊˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for motile
C19: from Latin mōtus moved, from movēre to move
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Medical definitions for nonmotile
[ mōt′l, mō′tīl′ ]
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.
Other words from motilemo•til′i•ty (mō-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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Scientific definitions for nonmotile
[ mōt′l, mō′tīl′ ]
Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.
Other words from motilemotility noun (mō-tĭl′ĭ-tē)
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