noun, plural: filaments

(1) threadlike structure.

(2) a fiber or fibril.

(3) a long chain of protein subunit, as protein filament.

(4) (botany) the stalk of a stamen of a flower, supporting the anther.

(5) (mycology) hypha in fungi and actinobacteria.

(6) (ornithology) the barb of a down feather.


Word origin: NL fīlāmentum, equiv. to LL fīlā(re) to wind thread.

Related forms: filamentous (adjective)

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