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


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

Origin of motile

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

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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 motile

motility (məʊˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for motile

C19: from Latin mōtus moved, from movēre to move
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Medical definitions for nonmotile

[ mōtl, mōtīl′ ]


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 motile

mo•tili•ty (mō-tĭlĭ-tē) n.
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Scientific definitions for nonmotile

[ 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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