metachronal rhythm

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • Metachronal rhythm — Cilia bending in metachronal rhythm produce the appearance of a wave A metachronal rhythm or metachronal wave refers to wavy movements produced by the sequential action (as opposed to synchronized) of structures such as cilia, segments of worms… …   Wikipedia

  • metachronism — (= metachronal rhythm) Type of synchrony found in the beating of cilia. A metachronal process is one that happens at a later time, and the synchronization is such that the active stroke of an adjacent cilium is slightly delayed so as to minimize… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • locomotion — /loh keuh moh sheuhn/, n. the act or power of moving from place to place. [1640 50; see LOCOMOTIVE, MOTION] * * * Any of various animal movements that result in progression from one place to another. Locomotion is classified as either… …   Universalium

  • Ctenophora — For the genus of crane flies, see Ctenophora (genus). Comb jellies Temporal range: Cambrian – Recent …   Wikipedia

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  • Wave (audience) — Stadium crowd performing the wave at the Confederations Cup 2005 in Frankfurt The wave (North American) or the Mexican wave (outside North America) is an example of metachronal rhythm achieved in a packed stadium when successive groups of… …   Wikipedia

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