hairlike hairlike

Definition(s):

  • (adj) long and slender with a very small internal diameter

Usage(s):

  1. One of the most treacherous of major diseases, trichinosis, is caused by eating underdone pork in which larvae of the hairlike worm Trichinella spiralis dwell.
  2. The eggs develop into hairlike parasites, some 20 inches long, which work their way through the body toward the head and shoulders.
  3. The fingers may well be made from carbon nanotubes--hairlike carbon molecules, discovered in 1991, that are 100 times as strong as steel and 50,000 times as thin as a human hair.

News

  • Buckling up to turn: Marine microbes change swimming direction via a high-speed mechanical instability

    Bacteria swim by rotating the helical, hairlike flagella that extend from their unicellular bodies. Some bacteria, including the Escherichia coli (E. coli) living in the human gut, have multiple flagella that rotate as a bundle to move the cell forward. These cells turn somewhat acrobatically by unbundling their flagella, causing the cell to tumble, reorient and strike out in another direction.
    on July 9, 2013     Source: Science Daily

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