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/ ˈvɪl əs /
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noun, plural vil·li [vil-ahy]. /ˈvɪl aɪ/.
Anatomy, Zoology. one of the minute, wormlike processes on certain membranes, especially on the mucous membrane of the small intestine, where they serve in absorbing nutriment.
Botany. one of the long, soft, straight hairs covering the fruit, flowers, and other parts of certain plants.
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Origin of villus
1695–1705; <Latin: shaggy hair, thick nap
Words nearby villus
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How to use villus in a sentence
Villi: soft hairs or papillate processes: plural of villus, q.v.
Collectively, these structures are called the villi (singular villus).A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
Villus: a short, hair-like or papillate process on the surface of certain absorbent and sensory organs.
British Dictionary definitions for villus
/ (ˈvɪləs) /
noun plural villi (ˈvɪlaɪ) (usually plural)
zoology anatomy any of the numerous finger-like projections of the mucous membrane lining the small intestine of many vertebrates
any similar membranous process, such as any of those in the mammalian placenta
botany any of various hairlike outgrowths, as from the stem of a moss
Word Origin for villus
C18: from Latin: shaggy hair
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Medical definitions for villus
[ vĭl′əs ]
n. pl. vil•li (vĭl′ī)
A minute projection arising from a mucous membrane, especially one of the vascular projections of the small intestine.
Such a projection of the chorion that contributes to placental formation in mammals.
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Scientific definitions for villus
[ vĭl′əs ]
Plural villi (vĭl′ī)
A small projection on the surface of a mucous membrane, such as that of the small intestine.
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