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one of the hairs growing in the vestibule of the nose in humans or around the nose (muzzle) of an animal.
hairs of vestibule of nose[TA]
one of the hairs growing at the nares, or vestibule of the nose.
Synonym(s): vibrissa [TA]
vibrissa/vi·bris·sa/ (vi-bris´ah) [L.] a long coarse hair, such as those growing in the vestibule of the nose.
n. pl. vi·brissae (-brĭs′ē)
1. Any of the long stiff hairs that are located chiefly on the muzzle of most mammals and that function as tactile organs, as the whiskers of a cat.
2. One of several long modified feathers located at the sides of the mouth of insect-eating birds.
vi·bris·sa, pl. vibrissae (vī-bris'ă, -ē) [TA]
One of the hairs growing at the nares, or vestibule of the nose.
[L. found only in pl. vibrissae, fr. vibro, to quiver]
whiskerany of the stiff sensitive hairs found around the mouth of mammals.
pl. vibrissae [L.]
1. one of the hairs growing on the skin that is reflected into nostrils and on the skin about the nose (muzzle) of an animal.
2. any large tactile hair.