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Bending or winding alternately from side to side; sinuous.

[From Latin flexuōsus, from flexus, a bending, a turning, from past participle of flectere, to bend.]

flex′u·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
flex′u·ous·ly adv.
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(ˈflɛksjʊəs) or


1. full of bends or curves; winding
2. variable; unsteady
[C17: from Latin flexuōsus full of bends, tortuous, from flexus a bending; see flex]
ˈflexuously adv
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(ˈflɛk ʃu əs)

full of bends or curves; sinuous; winding.
[1595–1605; < Latin flexuōsus=flexu(s) (see flex1) + -ōsus -ous]
flex`u•os′i•ty (-ˈɒs ɪ ti) n.
flex′u•ous•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flexuous - having turns or windings; "the flexuous bed of the stream"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"
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1. Repeatedly curving in alternate directions:
2. Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure:
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References in classic literature ?
Her flexuous and stealthy figure became an integral part of the scene.
The causal agent of the tristeza disease is Citrus tristeza closterovirus (CTV), which is a flexuous rod shaped corpuscle the size of which is 2000nm and 12nm and the infectious particle of the virus contains a single stranded RNA (Xiaoet al.2017)and consist of one single stranded positive-sense RNA molecule encapsulated withthe major capsid protein (CP) and minor CP (Raied et al.
Goodwin does this by examining the relation of two rather enigmatic aspects of Merleau-Ponty's later work--prosaic lines and flexuous lines.
Cheilocystidia 30-36.5 x 8-9.5 um, hyaline to pale yellow in 5% KOH, polymorphic with the following forms observed: subcylindrical, clavate, fusoid-ventricose and clavate with flexuous sides.
Leaves flexuous, the lateral and dorsal leaves differentiated in symmetry, oblong- lanceolate, acuminate, without margin or margins insconspicuosly bordered by norrower and elongate marginal cells, serrate in the 1/4- 1/3 upper, with simple teeth, costae double ending obove midleaf, projecting cells at midleaf thick longitudinal walls, prorate, flexuous- linear.
Electron microscopic studies revealed the presence of flexuous rod shaped particles measuring approximately ~750 nm in length in diseased samples of field bean which were not found in healthy samples.
One study reported the bioactivity of Cedrusdeodara, Eucalyptus citirodara, Cymbopogen flexuous, Pinusroxburighii, Syzygiumaromaticum, C.
The material from Sabouraud's dextrose agar (SDA) subjected to the microscopic examination showed the presence of conidophores, which were erect, unbranched, septate, flexuous in the apical part, with flat dark brown scars.
Microscopically, lactophenol cotton blue wet mount of the colony showed erect, unbranched, septate, flexuous, brown-colored conidiophores, along with conidia.
Trichomes bright blue-green, Straight or slightly flexuous. Apical cell convex, smooth and capitates, outer membrane sometimes slightly thickened.