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ciliary Syllabification: cil·i·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈsilēˌerē/

Definition of ciliary in English:


1 Biology Of, relating to, or involving cilia: ciliary action
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  • Escudier and coworkers studied the ciliary ultrastructure of 40 patients who had respiratory tract infections.
  • These spines contain epidermal cells and ciliary sensory cells.
  • Cigarette smoking is known to affect ciliary action in the nasopharynx and respiratory tract.
2 Anatomy Of or relating to the eyelashes or eyelids.
Example sentences
  • The cylopegic drops will relieve ciliary spasm and dilate the pupil.
  • Intense ciliary and conjunctival hyperemia occurs, and diffuse eye swelling may occur, including the eyelids.
2.1Of or relating to the ciliary body of the eye.
Example sentences
  • It clings to the retina, the ciliary epithelium, and the margin of the optic nerve.

Words that rhyme with ciliary

auxiliary, domiciliary
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