A flagellum13 (fla-JEL-um) is a whiplike structure much longer than a cilium, but with an identical axoneme. The only functional flagellum in humans is the tail of a sperm cell.
Figure 3.12 Cilia of the Trachea. Several nonciliated, mucus-secreting goblet cells are visible among the ciliated cells. The goblet cells have short microvilli on their surface.
" axo = axis + neme = thread l2dyn = power, energy + in = protein l3flagellum = whip
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