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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.

Motile Definition


(1) Of, pertaining to, or relating to motility; capable of moving or self-propelling.
(2) Of, pertaining to the mental imagery arising mainly from sensations of bodily movement and position (in contrast to visual or auditory sensations).


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
Related terms:

  • Motility test
  • Motility test medium

Mentioned in:

  • Fimbria
  • Motilin
  • Scatter factor
  • Calcineurin

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