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microvillus

 [mi″kro-vil´us]
a minute process or protrusion from the free surface of a cell, found especially in the proximal convolution of renal tubules and the intestinal epithelium. See illustration.
Microvilli in the intestinal tract. From Applegate, 1992.

mi·cro·vil·lus

, pl.

mi·cro·vil·li

(mī-krō-vil'ŭs, -vil'ī),
One of the minute projections of cell membranes greatly increasing surface area; microvilli form the striated or brush borders of certain cells.

microvillus

/mi·cro·vil·lus/ (-vil´us) a minute process from the free surface of a cell, especially cells of the proximal convolution in renal tubules and of the intestinal epithelium.

mi·cro·vil·lus

, gen. and pl. microvilli (mī'krō-vil'ŭs, -ī)
One of the minute projections of cell membranes greatly increasing surface area; microvilli form the striated or brush borders of certain cells.

microvillus

a minute finger-like process found in numbers projecting from the cell surface where, in epithelium, they form a brush border. Microvilli are found, for example, on the villi lining the small intestine.

microvillus

pl. microvilli; a minute process of protrusion from the free surface of a cell, especially cells of the proximal convolution in renal tubules and of the intestinal epithelium.
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