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 (mōt′l, mō′tīl′)
1. Biology Moving or having the power to move spontaneously: motile spores.
2. Psychology Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.

[Latin mōtus, motion (from past participle of movēre, to move; see motion) + -ile.]

mo·til′i·ty (mō-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.


(Biology) capable of moving spontaneously and independently
(Psychology) psychol a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his or her own
[C19: from Latin mōtus moved, from movēre to move]
motility n


(ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl)

Biol. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores.
[1860–65; < Latin mō-, variant s. of movēre to move + -tilis -tile]
mo•til′i•ty, n.


(mōt′l, mō′tīl′)
Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.

motility (mō-tĭl′ĭ-tē) noun
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motile - one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
Adj.1.motile - (of spores or microorganisms) capable of movement
microorganism, micro-organism - any organism of microscopic size
mobile - moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place); "a mobile missile system"; "the tongue is...the most mobile articulator"