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(1) The ability to move actively and on instinct, usually consuming energy in the process.
(2) The ability of an animal to move food through its digestive tract; peristaltic movement.
Motility is one of the general characteristics of most animals in contrast to many plants that are generally lacking motility or limited mobility.
Word origin: Latin mōtus, motion.
Related forms: motile (adjective)
Compare: sessility
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