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n. pl. pi·li (-lī′)
A hair or hairlike structure, especially a proteinaceous structure projecting from the surface of a bacterium that is smaller than a flagellum and functions in DNA transfer during conjugation and, usually with other such structures, in adhesion.



(ˈpaɪ ləs)

n., pl. -li (-lī).
a hair or hairlike structure.
[1955–60; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pilus - any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal; "there is a hair in my soup"
mammal, mammalian - any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
filum, filament - a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
ingrown hair - a hair that does not emerge from the follicle but remains embedded in the skin (usually causing inflammation)
2.pilus - hairlike structure especially on the surface of a cell or microorganism
microorganism, micro-organism - any organism of microscopic size
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism
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Shaw stated, "The future success of Pilus Energy is of great importance to the future of Tauriga Sciences, Inc.
Mutanolysin extracts were prepared from pelleted bacteria as described (16,17) and used to detect pili encoded by the srtF and srtG pilus clusters by Western blotting with antibodies directed against the major subunit of each pilus (16,17).
TCP is a type IV bundle-forming pilus that is critical for intestinal colonization.
Perhaps the antigens change, or another pilus antigen is introduced to the farm from new cattle or flies.
A single bacterial cell can make more than one type of pilus, notes Hultgren.
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Objective: The extraordinary electron transport (ET) via the bacterial pilus has attracted much attention in recent years as they exhibit highly efficient electrical conductivity across mm s (or even cm s) length scales.