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fla·gel·lum

 (flə-jĕl′əm)
n. pl. fla·gel·la (-jĕl′ə)
1. A long, whiplike appendage that functions as a cellular organ of locomotion, found in certain bacteria, protozoans, and specialized eukaryotic cells such as motile sperm.
2. A small whip; a scourge.

[Latin, diminutive of flagrum, whip.]
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flagellum

(fləˈdʒɛləm)
n, pl -la (-lə) or -lums
1. (Biology) biology a long whiplike outgrowth from a cell that acts as an organ of locomotion: occurs in some protozoans, gametes, spores, etc
2. (Botany) botany a long thin supple shoot or runner
3. (Zoology) zoology the terminal whiplike part of an arthropod's appendage, esp of the antenna of many insects
[C19: from Latin: a little whip, from flagrum a whip, lash]
flaˈgellar adj
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fla•gel•lum

(fləˈdʒɛl əm)

n., pl. -gel•la (-ˈdʒɛl ə)
-gel•lums.
1. Biol. a long lashlike appendage serving as an organ of locomotion in protozoa, sperm cells, etc.
2. Bot. a runner.
3. the upper portion of the antenna of an insect.
4. a whip or lash.
[1800–10; < Latin: whip]
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fla·gel·lum

(flə-jĕl′əm)
Plural flagella
A slender tail or part extending from some single-celled organisms, such as the dinoflagellates, that whips back and forth to produce movement.
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flagellum

A whiplike organelle of locomotion in sperm cells and some unicellular organisms.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flagellum - a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)flagellum - a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
whip - an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
2.flagellum - a lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa)
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
sperm, sperm cell, spermatozoan, spermatozoon - the male reproductive cell; the male gamete; "a sperm is mostly a nucleus surrounded by little other cellular material"
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
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fla·gel·lum

n. flagelo, prolongación o cola en la célula de algunos protozoos.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Antennal flagellum weakly or strongly crenulate on posterior surface; S5 with more than four spines on midapical margin; larger bees (body length 7.9-11.8 mm).
This bioinspired robot, which the researchers call an "artificial bacterial flagellum," consists of a tiny helix that resembles the flagella that many bacteria use to propel themselves.
The identification of schizomid species usually relies on morphological modifications on adult males, especially characters on the flagellum located at the terminal end of the abdomen.
FLAGELLUM A A plant's runner or shoot B Whip composed of thongs C A loose-fitting garment who am I?
The biramous antennules of decapods, in particular, are considered the primary sensory organs for olfactory chemoreception and exclusively contain, on the outer flagellum, the aesthetasc sensilla, each innervated by hundreds of olfactory receptor neurons (Schmidt and Mellon, 2011 ).
Mekalanos, "Decreased potency of the Vibrio cholerae sheathed flagellum to trigger host innate immunity," Infection and Immunity, vol.
Scholze, "Dual acylation accounts for the localization of [alpha]19-giardin in the ventral flagellum pair of Giardia lamblia," Eukaryotic Cell, vol.
Members of the subfamily Usiinae (Bombyliidae) are readily separated from those of closely related bombyliid subfamilies by the flagellum which has a subapical sulcus bearing a style and without dorsal or ventral prongs, and by the absence of vein M2 (i.e., with three posterior cells); furthermore, members of the genus Parageron Paramonov, 1929 are separated from those of other usiine genera by the flagellum which has the subapical sulcus containing only a style and the spine-like arista (spine-like second flagellomere) is absent or fused and bumplike on apical margin of flagellum, also by the female spermathecal reservoir which is obpyriform (Evenhuis, 1990; Greathead and Evenhuis, 2001).
Once inside its human host, the parasite spreads through the body, rapidly using its flexible flagellum to propel itself, eventually hiding the structure inside its body to evade the host's immune system once it is safely ensconced.&nbsp;
Comparative study of traditional flagellum serotyping and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry-based flagellum typing with clinical Escherichia coli isolates.