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Meaning of VILLUS

Pronunciation:  'vilus

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\Vil"lus\, n.; pl. {Villi}. [L., shaggy hair, a tuft of
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

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.