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bristle

(brĭs′əl)
n.
1. A stiff hair.
2. A stiff hairlike structure: the bristles of a wire brush.
v. bris·tled, bris·tling, bris·tles
v.intr.
To stand stiffly on end like bristles: The hair on the dog's neck bristled.
v.tr.
1. To cause to stand erect like bristles; stiffen.
2. To furnish or supply with bristles.

bristle

Dermatology
noun Stiff, strong hair.

Vox populi
verb To react angrily as a situation; seethe.

bris·tle

(brisĕl)
Traditionally, individual short, stiff, natural hair of an animal taken from domestic swine or wild boars, but today most toothbrush bristles are made of nylon and thus are more properly called filaments.

bristle

1. the thick strong animal fibers collected at commercial abattoirs for use in brushes.
2. the sharp serrated awns of grass and some cereal seeds that confer a capacity to penetrate normal skin and mucosa and to cause ulcerative stomatitis, grass seed abscess and the like.
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Bristle groups of similar appearance and arrangement next to groups of lamellate bodies are found in the apical organ of Pleurobrachia pileus and Beroe ovata.
Buy a new toothbrush at least every six weeks or as soon as the bristles become misshapen.
Descriptive statistics for different TBs on tuft count, bristle count and bristle diameter are shown in Table III.
Chaetotaxy comprising five distinct longitudinal rows or groupings of setulae/setae: (1) primary acrostichal row, (2) secondary acrostichal row, (3) dorsocentral row, (4) sublateral band, and (5) lateral row; 1+3 dc; 1 postpronotal bristle (+ a few setulae anterior to bristle); 2 notopleural bristles; 1 presutural and 1 postsutural supra-alar bristle (+ 1 setula or seta anteriorly); 2 postalar bristles (lower bristle longer).
In two patients, the wire bristle was noted lodged within the omentum adjacent to a loop of small intestine.
10, we could discover there are lots of acicular spinules extending outward at the edge of each bristle; and the longer of the bristle, the more and more intensive of these spinules.
Bristle wear analysis was performed according to the methodology used by Rawls et al.
The bristles and toothbrush head can act as ideal refugees for all the fungi and viruses that have accumulated on your teeth throughout the day.
Flowing bristle head follows surface contours independently of the bucket, providing improved surface contact on slopes for better sweeping
Because the cleaner is inside the brush and because it comes out through the bristle area, it helps to keep the bristles clean and fresh," said Michael Silverman, vice president of marketing for Butler.
Editor's note: We ran a story on the testing and evaluation of radial bristle discs in the fall 2001 issue.