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  • adjective Having cilia.

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  • adjective having cilia
  • adjective endowed with vibratory motion

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  • adjective having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections


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  • This membrane is ciliated, that is, it is studded with tiny hairlike projections, extending into the air passages.

    Maintaining Health Formerly Health and Efficiency R. L. Alsaker

  • If they have many short threads projecting, they are called ciliated; if only one long, whip-shaped process (or, more rarely, two or four), caudate (tailed) cells.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1 Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel 1876

  • This epithelium of the villi has the outer border curiously striated, and this is usually spoken of as leading towards "ciliated" epithelium, to be described immediately.

    Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata 1906

  • We now know that the mobile spermatozoa are nothing but simple and real cells, of the kind that we call "ciliated" (equipped with lashes, or cilia).

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1 Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel 1876

  • In a pioneering experiment, they demonstrated that telomere DNA from one organism, a unicellular ciliated protozoan called Tetrahymena thermophila, would protect and stabilise chromosomes in an entirely different organism, yeast.

    The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Presentation Speech 2009

  • Pick any eukaryotic species (say, the ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila) — one cannot be certain that a member of that species shares common ancestry, from a discrete cell, with a member of any other eukaryotic species (say, Drosophila melanogaster).

    A Disclaimer for Behe? 2009

  • SEM images of epithelial fields before B and after C regression of ciliated appendage.

    No metazoan is an island - The Panda's Thumb 2010

  • The animal gleans the bacteria from the water with a special ciliated epithelium and secreted mucus that seems to be just the right flavor for Vibrio, and the bacteria migrate deep into the light-emitting organ.

    No metazoan is an island - The Panda's Thumb 2010

  • It is clear from careful experimental work with all ciliated cells that have been examined, from alga to mice, that a functioning cilium requires a working IFT. 12 The problem of the origin of the cilium is now intimately connected to the problem of the origin of IFT.

    A Third Choice (ID Hypothesis) 2007

  • Free-swimming echinopluteus sea urchin (Echinocardium cordatum) larva feeds on microplankton captured with its ciliated arms.

    Plankton 2008


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