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intestinal villus

intestinal villus in Medicine

intestinal villus n.
Any of the many projections of the mucous membrane of the intestine that serve as sites of absorption and that are leaf-shaped in the duodenum and become shorter, more finger-shaped, and sparser in the ileum.

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