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Meaning of VILLUS

Pronunciation:  'vilus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a minute hairlike projection on mucous membrane
 

VILLUS is a 6 letter word that starts with V.

 

 See Also: appendage, chorionic villus, outgrowth, process

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vil"lus\, n.; pl. {Villi}. [L., shaggy hair, a tuft of
hair.]
1. (Anat.) One of the minute papillary processes on certain
   vascular membranes; a villosity; as, villi cover the
   lining of the small intestines of many animals and serve
   to increase the absorbing surface.

2. pl. (Bot.) Fine hairs on plants, resembling the pile of
   velvet.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A villus is a small, hair-like vascularized process on the free surface of a membrane. Example:

    villi of the small intestine : 20 to 40 villi per mm2 of mucosa. Each villi is a fingerlike projection, 0.5 to 1 mm long, covered by a single layer of columnar epithelium and containing a network of capillaries and a lymphatic vessel called a lacteal.
 

 

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