cilium

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cilium (plural cilia)

  1. (cytology) A hairlike organelle projecting from a eukaryotic cell (such as unicellular organism or one cell of a multicelled organism). These structures serve either for locomotion by moving or as sensors.

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ḱel-yo-m, which is derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (to cover).

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Noun[edit]

cilium n (genitive ciliī); second declension

  1. eyelid

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Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cilium cilia
genitive ciliī ciliōrum
dative ciliō ciliīs
accusative cilium cilia
ablative ciliō ciliīs
vocative cilium cilia

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  • cilium in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879