cilium

[ sil-ee-uh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF cilium
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Each consists of a very slender curved filament, with a still finer filament, or cilium, arising from it on each side.

WORD ORIGIN

1715, from Latin cilia, plural of cilium "eyelid, eyelash," perhaps related to celare "to cover, hide," from PIE root *kel- "to conceal" (see cell), but words for this part of the face can be tricky (see brow). It sometimes is pluralized in English, which is an error. Related: Ciliated; ciliary; ciliate.

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