cilia cilia


  1. (n) a hairlike projection from the surface of a cell; provides locomotion in free-swimming unicellular organisms
  2. (n) any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids


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  1. The little hair-like projections in the airways that we call cilia which are paralyzed by smoke begin to work again.
  2. Other cilia-damaging components, such as acetaldehyde and acrolein, are cut down by an activated charcoal filter, especially if the charcoal is compressed.
  3. When odor molecules drift among the millions of tiny cilia located high in the nasal cavity, they seem to slip into certain odor receptors like keys into locks.


  1. New Tool to Help Define Role of Mystery Appendage in Everything From Development to Obesity

    A research team has genetically engineered a mouse with glowing primary cilia, the tiny outgrowths seen on the surface of most cells, according to a study published today in BioMed Central's open access journal, Cilia.
    on July 3, 2013     Source: Newswise

  2. Seeing cilia: Lighting the dark

    Tagging a protein only found in cilia with a fluorescent protein (GFP) enables us to see the intricate working of cilia in live mice.
    on July 3, 2013     Source: Science Daily

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