One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small or slender fibre.‘each muscle fibre is subdivided into smaller fibrils’
fibre, thread, strand, tendrilView synonyms
- ‘As the number of fibrils decreases, it becomes increasingly easier to cut the next fibril because the fibrils carry larger and larger loads.’
- ‘All fibril dimensions were therefore estimated from the height of the fibril in cross section.’
- ‘Many such pairs of filaments are bundled together into a structure called a fibril, and groups of fibrils make up a single muscle fiber (cell).’
- ‘Collagen fibrils are important for the function of musculoskeletal biomechanics in various species.’
- ‘The direction of cell growth is determined by the orientation of the cellulose fibrils in the cell wall.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin fibrilla, diminutive of Latin fibra (see fibre).
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