Pattern of metachronal coordination of the beating of cilia, in which the waves pass in the opposite direction to that of the active stroke.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • 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

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