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filiform Line breaks: fili|form
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪlɪfɔːm/

Definition of filiform in English:


Thread-like: the antennae are filiform
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  • This common condition of unknown aetiology, which affects about 10% of children and adults, is characterised by map-like red areas of atrophy of filiform tongue papillae in patterns that change even within hours.
  • Many zygotes were adjacent to a persistent synergid with filiform apparatus.
  • The filiform papillae are long and stained by accumulated debris.


Mid 18th century: from Latin filum 'thread' + -iform.

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