seta

[ see-tuh ]
/ ˈsi tə /

noun, plural se·tae [see-tee] /ˈsi ti/. Biology.

a stiff hair; bristle or bristlelike part.

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Origin of seta

First recorded in 1785–95, seta is from the Latin word sēta, saeta bristle

OTHER WORDS FROM seta

se·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for setal

seta
/ (ˈsiːtə) /

noun plural -tae (-tiː)

(in invertebrates and some plants) any bristle or bristle-like appendage
(in mosses) the stalk of the sporophyte that bears the capsule

Derived forms of seta

setaceous (sɪˈteɪʃəs), adjectivesetaceously, adverbsetal, adjective

Word Origin for seta

C18: from Latin
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Medical definitions for setal

seta
[ sētə ]

n. pl. se•tae (-tē)

A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part.
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Scientific definitions for setal

seta
[ sētə ]

Plural setae ()

A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part on an organism. Setae on the bodies of spiders are used as sensory organs, while setae on the bodies of many polychaete worms, such as earthworms, are used for locomotion. Microscopic setae on the feet of geckos allow adhesion to vertical surfaces.
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