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filament

 [fil´ah-ment]
1. a delicate fiber or thread.
2. in an x-ray tube, the wire (cathode) that makes electrons available for interaction with the anode when it is heated to incandescence to form an electron cloud.
actin filament one of the thin contractile filaments in a myofibril, composed mainly of actin; each actin filament is surrounded by three myosin filaments.
myosin filament one of the thick contractile filaments in a myofibril, composed mainly of myosin; each myosin filament is surrounded by six actin filaments.

fil·a·ment

(fil'ă-ment),
1. Synonym(s): filamentum
2. In bacteriology, a fine threadlike form, unsegmented or segmented without constrictions.
[L. filamentum, fr. filum, a thread]

filament

(fĭl′ə-mənt)
n.
1. A fine or very thin thread or fiber: filaments of cloth; filaments of flax.
2. A slender or threadlike structure or part, especially:
a. A fine wire that is heated electrically to produce light in an incandescent lamp.
b. The stalk that bears the anther in the stamen of a flower.
c. A chainlike series of cells, as in many algae.
d. A long thin cellular structure characteristic of many fungi, usually having multiple nuclei and often divided by septa.
e. Any of various long thin celestial objects or phenomena, such as a solar filament.

fil′a·men′tous (-mĕn′təs), fil′a·men′ta·ry (-mĕn′tə-rē, -mĕn′trē) adj.

fil·a·ment

(fil'ă-mĕnt)
1. Synonym(s): filamentum.
2. bacteriology A fine threadlike form, unsegmented or segmented without constrictions.
3. A tungsten wire located within the cathode of a diagnostic x-ray tube. After being heated it produces electrons.
[L. filamentum, fr. filum, a thread]

filament

  1. the stalk of a STAMEN bearing the ANTHER at its apex.
  2. a type of cellular organization consisting of a threadlike row of cells, as found in certain algae, for example, Spirogyra.

fil·a·ment

(fil'ă-mĕnt)
1. Synonym(s): filamentum.
2. bacteriology a fine threadlike form, unsegmented or segmented without constrictions.
[L. filamentum, fr. filum, a thread]
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A remarkable filament was seen on May 30 initially at 15:50 UT as two nearby curved filaments. By 16:16 UT they had formed into a single filament in the shape of an almost perfect semi-circle loop.