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cilia


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cilia  \Cil"i*a\,  n.  pl  {Cilium},  the  sing.,  is  rarely  used  [L. 
  cilium  eyelid.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  The  eyelashes. 
 
  2.  (Biol.)  Small  generally  microscopic,  vibrating  appendages 
  lining  certain  organs,  as  the  air  passages  of  the  higher 
  animals,  and  in  the  lower  animals  often  covering  also  the 
  whole  or  a  part  of  the  exterior.  They  are  also  found  on 
  some  vegetable  organisms.  In  the  Infusoria,  and  many 
  larval  forms,  they  are  locomotive  organs. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  Hairlike  processes,  commonly  marginal  and  forming  a 
  fringe  like  the  eyelash. 
 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  Small  vibratory,  swimming  organs,  somewhat 
  resembling  true  cilia,  as  those  of  Ctenophora. 




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