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n. pl. mi·cro·vil·li (-vĭl′ī′)
Any of the minute hairlike structures projecting from the surface of certain cells, such as those lining the small intestine.

mi′cro·vil′lar (-lər) adj.
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n, pl -li (-laɪ)
(Physiology) physiol a thin protuberance present in great abundance at the surface of some epithelial cells, notably in the gut, thus increasing the surface area available for absorption
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(ˌmaɪ kroʊˈvɪl əs)

n., pl. -vil•li (-ˈvɪl aɪ)
any of the fingerlike projections of the surface of an epithelial cell.
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SIBO causes malabsorption across the intestinal microvillus membrane as a result of damage to enterocytes, as well as impaired digestion in the intestinal lumen.
Cryptosporidium is a coccidian parasite which resides in the microvillus of the lumen and multiply in the microvillus producing Oocyst, leading to malfunction of the lumen.
This is in accordance with previous research work in which hyperglycaemia suppresses the cell cycle leading to slowing of the growth in chick embryos.10 Alteration of metabolites could be the basis of this growth inhibition as shown by work done by Moley and fellows by exposure of pre-implantation mouse embryos to elevated glucose.9 Excess glucose in mammalian post-implantation embryos resulted in ultra-structural changes in visceral yolk sac, such as reduced microvillus surface, fewer mitochondria and a sparser distribution of endoplasmic reticulum.
is an apicomplex, intracellular, extracytoplasmic protozoan parasites which infect the microvillus epithelium of gastrointestinal tract in animals, birds, reptiles and man.
Histopathological findings in study cases from these farms confirmed the bursitis identified at necropsy, showing hyperplasia of bursal epithelial cells, with various life-cycle stages of Cryptosporidia parasitizing the microvillus border.
In low dose group, normal structure of fetal type II pneumonocyte was observed and microvillus outstanding cell surface fell off a little with clear cellular nuclear structure.
Microvillus was preserved at apical portions of the corneal epithelium of MSCs-treated rats and there was no prominent sign of cellular injury at cornea of these rats (Figures 4 and 5).
jii visualizes two types of receptor cells (i) Ciliated sensory with microvillus (ii) Ciliated non-sensory cells.
MYO5B mutations cause microvillus inclusion disease and disrupt epithelial cell polarity.