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vil·lus

 (vĭl′əs)
n. pl. vil·li (vĭl′ī)
1. Biology A minute projection arising from a mucous membrane, especially:
a. One of the numerous vascular projections of the small intestine.
b. One of the fingerlike projections of the chorion that contribute to the formation of the placenta in mammals.
2. Botany A fine, hairlike epidermal outgrowth.

[Latin, shaggy hair.]
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villus

(ˈvɪləs)
n (usually plural) , pl villi (ˈvɪlaɪ)
1. (Zoology) zoology anatomy any of the numerous finger-like projections of the mucous membrane lining the small intestine of many vertebrates
2. (Anatomy) zoology anatomy any of the numerous finger-like projections of the mucous membrane lining the small intestine of many vertebrates
3. (Zoology) any similar membranous process, such as any of those in the mammalian placenta
4. (Botany) botany any of various hairlike outgrowths, as from the stem of a moss
[C18: from Latin: shaggy hair]
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vil•lus

(ˈvɪl əs)

n., pl. vil•li (ˈvɪl aɪ)
1. any of the fingerlike projections on the surface of certain membranes, esp. on the mucous membrane of the small intestine, functioning to increase the area for the absorption, secretion, or exchange of materials.
2. any of the long, soft, straight hairs covering the fruit, flowers, and other parts of certain plants.
[1695–1705; < Latin: shaggy hair, thick nap]
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vil·lus

(vĭl′əs)
Plural villi (vĭl′ī)
A small projection on the surface of a mucous membrane, especially that of the small intestine.
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villus

(pl. villi) A minute fingerlike projection. Huge numbers line the small intestine, vastly increasing its surface area.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.villus - a minute hairlike projection on mucous membranevillus - a minute hairlike projection on mucous membrane
chorionic villus - one of the tiny villi that stick out of the fetal chorion and combine with the mother's uterine tissue to form the placenta
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
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Translations

vil·lus

n. vellosidad, vello, proyección filiforme que crece en una superficie membranosa;
aracnoid ______ aracnoidea;
chorionic ______ -es coriónicas;
intestinal ______ intestinal.
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C, Hofbauer cells are closely packed and confluent in the stroma of this CD163-stained tertiary chorionic villus. D, CD68 staining reveals the characteristic macrophage appearance of the Hofbauer cells.
Vascularization of the chorionic villus. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 48: 159-66.