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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.
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|Noun||1.||motility - ability to move spontaneously and independently|
mobility - the quality of moving freely
immotility - lacking an ability to move
|2.||motility - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"|
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
abduction - (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body
adduction - (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body
agitation - the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
body English - a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction
circumduction - a circular movement of a limb or eye
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
fetal movement, foetal movement - motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy)
gesture - motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
headshake, headshaking - the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement; "I could tell from their headshakes that they didn't believe me"
inclining, inclination - the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
kicking, kick - a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics; "the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements"; "the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"
pitching, lurch, pitch - abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
eye movement - the movement of the eyes
opening - the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
prostration - the act of assuming a prostrate position
reciprocation - alternating back-and-forth movement
reclining - the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position
retraction - the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back; "the retraction of the landing gear"; "retraction of the foreskin"
rotary motion, rotation - the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"
sitting - the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position; "he read the mystery at one sitting"
posing, sitting - (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait); "he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"
snap - the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand; "he gave his fingers a snap"
squatting, squat - the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels
sweep - a movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm"
toss - an abrupt movement; "a toss of his head"
wave - a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon; "a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves"
standing - the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position
stroke - a single complete movement
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motilityn movilidad f, motilidad f; sperm — movilidad or motilidad espermática or de los espermatozoides
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