Definition of Flagella

1. Noun. (plural of flagellum) ¹

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Definition of Flagella

1. flagellum [n] - See also: flagellum

Medical Definition of Flagella

1. In bacteria, a whiplike motility appendage present on the surface of some species. Flagella are composed of a protein called flagellin. Bacteria can have a single flagellum, a tuft at one pole, or multiple flagella covering the entire surface. In eukaryotes, flagella are threadlike protoplasmic extensions used to propel flagellates and sperm. Flagella have the same basic structure as cilia but are longer in proportion to the cell bearing them and present in much smaller numbers. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flagella

flag of truce
flag officer
flag officers
flag pole
flag poles
flag rank
flag ranks
flag sign
flag smut
flag smut fungus
flag stop
flag stops
flag waving
flagellar agglutinin
flagellar antigen
flagellate diarrhoea
flagellate protozoan
flagellated cell
flagellated protozoan

Literary usage of Flagella

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"to partially regenerate flagella and are then incubated with a tritiated amino acid, after radioautography only the newly synthesized region will show ..."

2. Laboratory Directions for Beginners in Bacteriology: An Introduction to by Veranus Alva Moore (1905)
"Although the flagella are known to be the organs of locomotion, ... Moore, A Review of the Methods for Staining flagella on Motile Bacteria, Am. Monthly Mic ..."

3. The Wilder Quarter-century Book: A Collection of Original Papers Dedicated by Burt Green Wilder (1893)
"Cohn, in 1872, and Koch, in 1877, stained the flagella on a few of the larger ... The recent development of staining methods by which the flagella can be ..."

4. Laboratory Manual in General Microbiology by Dept. of Bacteriology and Public Health, Michigan, Michigan Agricultural College, Michigan State University, East Lansing Agricultural College, Dept. of Bacteriology and Hygiene (1916)
"The staining of the flagella of bacteria is the most difficult of all ... There are many methods for staining flagella. This one, however, has met with ..."

5. Transactions of the Pathological Society of London by Pathological Society of London (1897)
"These are either thickened flagella or they consist of a number of ... These long forms also show the flagella extremely well, but in this case they are ..."

6. A Manual of Bacteriology by Herbert Upham Williams (1903)
"Bacteria showing flagella. sometimes slight and sometimes very active. ... The movement results from the vibration of little processes, or flagella (Fig. ..."

7. A Manual of the Infusoria: Including a Description of All Known Flagellate by William Saville Kent (1880)
"... about three times as long as broad; flagella terminal, subequal, not so long as the body; endoplasmic colour-bands bright green, produced throughout the ..."

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