Flagellum meaning

flə-jĕləm
(biol.) A whiplike part or process of some cells, esp. of certain bacteria, protozoans, etc., that is an organ of locomotion or that produces a current in the surrounding fluid.
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A small whip; a scourge.
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(biology) A long, threadlike appendage, especially a whiplike extension of certain cells or unicellular organisms that functions as an organ of locomotion.
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(bot.) A threadlike shoot or runner.
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(zool.) The terminal, lashlike portion of the antenna in many insects.
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A long, whiplike appendage that functions as a cellular organ of locomotion, found in certain bacteria, protozoans, and specialized eukaryotic cells such as motile sperm.
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A slender whiplike part extending from some single-celled organisms, such as the dinoflagellates, that moves rapidly back and forth to impart movement to the organism.
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(biology) In protists, a long, whiplike membrane-enclosed organelle used for locomotion or feeding.
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(biology) In bacteria, a long, whiplike proteinaceous appendage, used for locomotion.
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Origin of flagellum

  • Latin diminutive of flagrum whip

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin flagellum (“whip”), diminutive of flagrum, from Proto-Indo-European *bhlag (“to strike”).

    From Wiktionary