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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: vil'us, vil'i


  1. A projection from the surface, especially of a mucous membrane. If the projection is minute, as from a cell surface, it is termed a microvillus.
  2. An elongated dermal papilla projecting into an intraepidermal vesicle or cleft.

See: festooning

[L. shaggy hair (of beasts)]

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