Meaning of filiform in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪlɪfɔːm/


  • Threadlike.

    ‘the antennae are filiform’
    • ‘This common condition of unknown aetiology, which affects about 10% of children and adults, is characterised by map-like red areas of atrophy of filiform tongue papillae in patterns that change even within hours.’
    • ‘Many zygotes were adjacent to a persistent synergid with filiform apparatus.’
    • ‘The filiform papillae are long and stained by accumulated debris.’
    • ‘Plants on this latter medium were very short with filiform leaves.’


Mid 18th century from Latin filum ‘thread’ + -form.