ciliary movement


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cil·i·ar·y move·ment

the rhythmic, sweeping movement of epithelial cell cilia, of ciliate protozoans, or the sculling movement of flagella, effected possibly by the alternate contraction and relaxation of contractile threads (myoids) on one side of the cilium or flagellum.

ciliary movement

the upward waving motion of the hairlike processes projecting from the epithelium of the respiratory tract and from certain microorganisms.

cil·i·ar·y move·ment

(sil'ē-ar-ē mūv'mĕnt)
The rhythmic, sweeping movement of epithelial cell cilia, of ciliate protozoans, or the sculling movement of flagella, possibly resulting from the alternate contraction and relaxation of contractile threads (myoids) on one side of the cilium or flagellum.

ciliary movement

The rhythmical beating movement of CILIA on the surface of ciliated EPITHELIUM reminiscent of wind blowing across a field of ripe corn.

ciliary movement

locomotion brought about by the beating of cilia (see CILIUM) as found in some protozoans (ciliates) and free-living flatworms (Turbellaria). Numerous cilia projecting from the body beat in relays giving the effect of waves. This is called METACHRONAL RHYTHM. Cilia are rigid on the back stroke, pushing the organism forward, but bend on the forward stroke.