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 [vil´us] (L.)
a small vascular process or protrusion, as from the free surface of a membrane.
arachnoid villi microscopic projections of the arachnoid into some of the venous sinuses.
chorionic villi see chorionic villi.
intestinal villi multitudinous threadlike projections covering the surface of the mucous membrane lining the small intestine, serving as the sites of absorption of fluids and nutrients.
synovial villi slender projections from the surface of the synovial membrane into the cavity of a joint; called also haversian glands.
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in·tes·ti·nal vil·li

projections (0.5-1.5 mm long) of the mucous membrane of the small intestine; they are leaf-shaped in the duodenum and become shorter, more finger-shaped, and sparser in the ileum.
Synonym(s): villi intestinales [TA]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

in·tes·ti·nal vil·li

(in-tes'ti-năl vil'ī) [TA]
Projections (0.5-1.5 mm in length) of the mucous membrane of the intestine; they are leaf-shaped in the duodenum and become shorter, more finger-shaped, and sparser in the ileum.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Apoptotic cells were mainly distributed in the lamina propria of the intestinal villus in control, 40, 80 and 160 mg/L groups and their number significantly (p <0.01) decreased in 80 mg/L group compared with control group.
Compared with the LPS group, the villus height and width were also markedly decreased in the visfatin+LPS co-stimulated group (p<0.01), suggesting that the damage to the intestinal villus was perhaps caused by the synergy between visfatin and LPS, or visfatin could regulate the changes induced by LPS.
The intestinal villus area of different experimental groups in duodenum, jejunum and ileum.
Review on chicken intestinal villus histological alterations related with intestinal function.
The replenishment of the absorptive cells and goblet cells fallen off from the top of intestinal villus is provided by the continual proliferation of the undifferentiated cells.
Effects of fasting and refeeding on structures of the intestinal villus and epithelial cell in White Leghorn hens.
Change in intestinal villu, cell area and intracellular autophagic vacuoles related to intestinal function in chickens.
In conclusion, CORT administration delays proliferation of intestinal epithelial cell, which in turn lowers intestinal villus height and crypt depth, and then subsequently impairs absorptive (Xylose absorption) capacity of small intestine of broilers.
When BC has been used in supplementary feeds for piglets pre-weaning, intestinal villus height has increased (King et al., 1999) and intestinal T lymphocyte proliferation during weaning has reduced (Pluske et al., 1999b).
On day 14, diets supplemented with pEGF elevated pancreatic chymotrypsin, jejunal alkaline phosphatase, sucrase, lactase and maltase activities (p<0.05), but failed to alter the small intestinal villus morphology, DNA, or protein content of gastrointestinal mucosa.