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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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Bristles were observed on the epithelial floor next to lamellate bodies in all sizes of Mnemiopsis examined, except for very early larval stages.
Hind tarsomere 1 at most with sparse 2 black bristles at base 1'.
Buy a new toothbrush at least every six weeks or as soon as the bristles become misshapen.
The consequences of contamination through accident or carelessness are also much reduced by the fact that the whole of the brush from the bristle to the body to the tip of the handle is made from detectable plastics.
The TBs had either soft or extra soft bristles (Tables I, II).
The dorsocentrals are made up of setulae and four stout, progressively longer, posterior bristles.
The continued occurrence of injuries from ingested wire bristles warrants further investigation and action.
In order to study the surface structure and its characteristics of pincers of crawfish in detail, the author did a further research on the pits, small bumps, and the clusters of bristles with the LSCE (Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope) in Fig.
We also assessed the wear of the bristles and bristle tips after two years of simulated brushing.
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.
1 : to rise up and stiffen like bristles <Her evil laugh makes your hair bristle.
This unique, double-headed cleaning brush features one brush head with nylon bristles and another brush head with stainless steel bristles for more aggressive cleaning.