Definition of Motility

1. Noun. Ability to move spontaneously and independently.

Generic synonyms: Mobility
Antonyms: Immotility
Derivative terms: Motile

2. Noun. A change of position that does not entail a change of location. "Gastrointestinal motility"

Definition of Motility

1. n. Capability of motion; contractility.

Definition of Motility

1. Noun. The state of being motile ¹

2. Noun. The degree to which something is motile ¹

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Definition of Motility

1. the ability to move [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Motility

1. The ability to move spontaneously. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Motility

motile leukocyte
motility (current term)
motility test
motility test medium
motion-picture camera
motion-picture fan
motion-picture film
motion-picture photography
motion-picture show
motion capture
motion of confidence
motion of no confidence
motion perception
motion picture
motion pictures

Literary usage of Motility

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(6) Disturbances of motility of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter The size of the renal pelvis and of the ureter can be studied intra vitam by means of ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Lewellys Franklin Barker, Milton Howard Fussell, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"While such a test informs us as to the total time required to pass through the whole digestive tract, it gives no clue to the motility of the single parts ..."

3. Diagnostic Methods, Chemical, Bacteriological and Microscopical: A Text-book by Ralph Waldo Webster (1912)
"It is probably true that disturbances in the motility of the stomach are in ... Under normal conditions of motility the food material passes into the ..."

4. Clinical Diagnosis: A Text-book of Clinical Microscopy and Clinical by Charles Phillips Emerson (1908)
"motility of the Stomach.—It is to be emphasized that disturbance of the motility of the ... If motility be good the intestine can vicariously make up ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"ABOUT two-thirds of this work is devoted to refraction and one- third to motility; the latter is the better. The author properly insists that the ..."

6. Manual of Bacteriology by Robert Muir, James Ritchie (1907)
"motility is associated with the possession of fine wavy thread - like appendages ... There is little doubt, however, that all cases of motility among the ..."

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