auditory hair


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auditory hair

n.
Any of the cilia on the free surface of the auditory cells.

auditory hair

Etymology: L, audire, to hear; AS, haer
one of the cells with hairlike processes in the spiral organ of Corti. The hairs, or cilia, function as sensory receptors. Also called acoustic hair cell, cell of Corti.

auditory hair

The stereocilia of a specialized epithelial cell. These are present in the ear in the spiral organ of Corti, concerned with hearing; and in the crista ampullaris, macula utriculi, and macula sacculi, concerned with equilibrium.
See also: hair
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In the inner ear, specialized sensors called auditory hair cells are vital to the ability to hear.
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