Villus Definition

Any of numerous hairlike or fingerlike vascular processes on certain mucous membranes of the body, as of the small intestine, serving to secrete mucus, absorb fats, etc., or of the chorion in the mammalian placenta, serving in the exchange of food materials, etc. between the mother and the fetus.
Webster's New World
A fine, hairlike epidermal outgrowth.
American Heritage Medicine
Any of the long, soft, fine hairs on certain plants, as mosses.
Webster's New World

Origin of Villus

  • Latin shaggy hair

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

  • Latin loanword.

    From Wiktionary

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