What is motility?

  • (noun): Ability to move spontaneously and independently.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Motility is a biological term which refers to the ability to move spontaneously and actively, consuming energy in the process. Most animals are motile but the term applies to unicellular and simple multicellular organisms, as well as to some mechanisms of fluid flow in multicellular organs, in addition to animal locomotion. Motile marine animals are commonly called free-swimming.

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Some articles on motility:

Roemheld Syndrome - Therapy
... RS sufferers Lorazepam, Oxcarbazapine Increase GI motility, reduce vagus "noise" (sodium channel blocking believed to contribute to positive effects) Alpha blockers may increase gi motility if ...
Sperm Motility
... Sperm motility describes the ability of sperm to move properly towards an egg ... Sperm motility in mammals also facilitates the passage of the sperm through the cumulus oophorus and zona pellucida, which are a series of layers that surround the ovulated egg-cell plasma ... It may also depend upon the effectiveness of sperm motility in response to certain factors released from eggs ...
... because they shared the distinctive trait of gliding motility, but they uniquely display a number of traits that distinguish them from other taxonomically and ecologically ... The feature of gliding motility alone has piqued the interest of many, since the role of gliding bacteria in soil ecology is poorly understood ... a number of different mechanisms have been proposed for gliding motility among a wide range of bacterial species, the genetic mechanism in Lysobacter ...
Swarming Motility
... Swarming motility is a rapid (2–10 μm/s) and coordinated translocation of a bacterial population across solid or semi-solid surfaces ... This type of motility is an example of an emerging concept in microbiology bacterial multicellularity ... Swarming motility was first reported by Jorgen Henrichsen and has been mostly studied in genus Serratia, Salmonella, Aeromonas, Bacillus, Yersinia, Pseudomonas, Proteus, Vibrio and Escherichia ...
Clidinium Bromide - Uses - GI Motility Disturbances
... Used in fixed combination with chlordiazepoxide in the treatment of functional GI motility disturbances (e.g ... Has limited efficacy in treatment of GI motility disturbance and should only be used if other measures (e.g ...

More definitions of "motility":

  • (noun): A change of position that does not entail a change of location.
    Example: "Gastrointestinal motility"
    Synonyms: motion, movement, move