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n. pl. fi·la (-lə)
A threadlike anatomical structure; a filament.

[Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -la (-lə)
(Anatomy) anatomy any threadlike structure or part
[Latin: thread, cord, fibre]


(ˈfaɪ ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə).
a threadlike structure; filament.
[1855–60; < Latin: a thread, filament, fiber]
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Noun1.filum - a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)filum - a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
pilus, hair - any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal; "there is a hair in my soup"
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The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has withdrawn six other brands of canned sardine products from the market because they are confirmed to contain impurities such as Filum Nematoda worms from the genus Anisakis spp.
The cord is secondarily tethered, the filum terminale is thickened (>2 mm) and there is evidence of previous wide laminectomies at L2/3.
Designed by Filum, a young Canadian practice, the project owes a clear debt to Modernist explorations of lightweight tensile architecture, especially the work of Frei Otto, whose German pavilion at the 1967 Montreal Expo and stadium for the Munich Olympics of 1972 presented entirely new and radical forms of lightweight structures, Yet since those early experiments, tensile structures have only slowly evolved.