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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.
n., pl. -li (-lī).
a hair or hairlike structure.
[1955–60; < Latin]
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|Noun||1.||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
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|
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism