Definition of Pilus

1. Noun. Any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal. "There is a hair in my soup"

Exact synonyms: Hair
Group relationships: Mammal, Mammalian
Generic synonyms: Filament, Filum
Specialized synonyms: Ingrown Hair
Derivative terms: Pilar

2. Noun. Hairlike structure especially on the surface of a cell or microorganism.
Group relationships: Micro-organism, Microorganism
Generic synonyms: Hair

Definition of Pilus

1. Noun. A hair. ¹

2. Noun. (microbiology) A hairlike appendage found on the cell surface of many bacteria. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pilus

1. a hair or hairlike structure [n -LI]

Medical Definition of Pilus

1. Hair like projection from surface of some bacteria. Involved in adhesion to surfaces (may be important in virulence) and specialised sex pili are involved in conjugation with other bacteria. Major constituent is a protein, pilin. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pilus

pilows
pilpul
pilsener
pilseners
pilsenite
pilsner
pilsners
pilula
pilular
pilulas
pilule
pilules
pilulous
pilum
pilwe
pilwes
pily
pim 1
pimaric
pimaric acid
pimaricin
pimas
pimavanserin
pimecrolimus
pimelate
pimelic
pimelic acid
pimelic acids

Literary usage of Pilus

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1. The Commentaries of Gaius and Rules of Ulpian by Gaius (1885)
"... deinde in eam partem quasi in totam rem praesentem fiebat vindi- catio. itaque ex grege vel una ovis aut capra in ius adduce- batur, vel etiam pilus ..."

2. The Commentaries of Gaius and Rules of Ulpian by Gaius (1885)
"... deinde in eam partem quasi in totam rem praesentem fiebat vindi- catio. itaque ex grege vel una ovis aut capra in ius adduce- batur, vel etiam pilus ..."

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