Definition of Filiform

1. Adjective. Thin in diameter; resembling a thread.

Exact synonyms: Filamentlike, Filamentous, Threadlike, Thready
Similar to: Thin
Derivative terms: Filament, Thread

Definition of Filiform

1. a. Having the shape of a thread or filament; as, the filiform papillæ of the tongue; a filiform style or peduncle. See Illust. of AntennÆ.

Definition of Filiform

1. Adjective. Shaped like or resembling a thread or filament; filamentous. ¹

2. Adjective. Having all component parts or segments cylindrical and more or less uniform in size. ¹

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Definition of Filiform

1. shaped like a filament [adj]

Medical Definition of Filiform

1. Thread-like. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Filiform

filiform (current term)
filiform bougie
filiform nucleus
filiform papillae
filiform polyposis
filiform pulse
filiform wart

Literary usage of Filiform

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1. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"Sometimes the body of the papilla is cylindrical, without a neck, and the epithelium may- assume features resembling those of the filiform ..."

2. Synoptical Flora of North America: The Gamopetalae, Being a Second Edition by Asa Gray (1888)
"Stamens inserted in the throat of corolla, with oblong outliers, on short filaments when the filiform style is exserted, on long exserted filaments when the ..."

3. The Physiology of Man: Designed to Represent the Existing State of by Austin Flint (1875)
"2, filiform papilla?: 3. a filiform papilla. the prolongations of which are turned outward: 4. a filiform papilla, with vertical prolongations: 5. fi, ..."

4. The Surgical diseases of the genito-urinary organs including syphilis by Edward Lawrence Keyes (1889)
"filiform OR HAIR-LIKE BOUGIES are such as measure one millimetre or less in ... There are three varieties of filiform bougie : the French, English, ..."

5. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1880)
"... once to thrice pinnately parted into narrow linear or filiform lobes ; the showy heads of yellow flowers terminating long naked peduncles. — Gray, Proc. ..."

6. The Flora of British India by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1890)
"Fcm.fl. solitary in a tubular 3-toothed spathe terminating a very long filiform spiral scape ; perianth of the male; staminodes 3, 2-hd; ovary narrow, ..."

7. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Women by Theodore Gaillard Thomas (1880)
"79. length by a cord passed I'rom end to end filiform papillae ol tho ... He represents them as being thread-like and filiform, as shown in Fig. 79. ..."

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