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 [vi-bris´ah] (L.)
one of the hairs growing in the vestibule of the nose in humans or around the nose (muzzle) of an animal.
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hairs of vestibule of nose

one of the hairs growing at the nares, or vestibule of the nose.
Synonym(s): vibrissa [TA]
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(vī-brĭs′ə, və-)
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.
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, 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]
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any of the stiff sensitive hairs found around the mouth of mammals.
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Vertex about 0.24x head width in dorsal view; inner vertical seta and reclinate orbital seta missing in the material examined; ocellar seta weak almost not differentiated from ocellar triangle setulae; fronto-orbital plate with about 12 frontal setae, upper seta slightly stronger than fronto-orbital setulae, one or two setae situated below lower margin of pedicel; fronto-orbital plate slightly narrower than parafacial; first flagellomere about 1.3x length of pedicel; pedicel about 2.8x length of scape; third aristomere about 1.9x length of first flagellomere; facial ridge with row of stout supravibrissal setae on lower 0.4 of its length, setae 0.2-0.46x length of vibrissa; anteroventral margin of gena with a row of setae extending backward, setae 0.26-0.4x length of vibrissa.
Isolated rat vibrissa follicles were frozen in OCT (Agar Scientific) in liquid nitrogen or embedded in paraffin wax after overnight 4[degrees]C paraformaldehyde fixation.
Vibrissa, and by default Minimus - Latin for smallest - belong to fort commander Flavius Cerialis, his wife Sulpicia Lepidina and their children - real characters we know about from the famous writing tablets unearthed in excavations at the fort.
Vibrissal angle relatively blunt, vibrissa strong and located at level of lower eye margin.
injection of 20 [micro]l of 1.5% formalin into the right vibrissa pad, using a 27-gauze needle (Clavelou et al., 1995).
The remaining aquatic species in our dataset, Nia vibrissa (marine) and Limnoperdon incarnatum (freshwater), have lost ballistospory and produce spores inside minute (ca.
Facial ridge bare, except for some setulae above vibrissa. Vibrissa long, strong, and inserted at level of lower facial margin; vibrissal angle weakly projected or not projected forward, at the midway between level of lower margin of eye and lower margin of gena.
One large black vibrissa and an additional seta present (ca 0.5x as long as the dorsal, sometimes longer).
Distributed representation of vibrissa movement in the upper layers of somatosensory cortex revealed with voltage-sensitive dyes.
Male frons narrow, frontal vitta brown to black, with longitudinal crinkle, fronto-orbital plate and parafacial with gleamy yellowish-white and silver pruinosity, all with small hairs, fronto-orbital plate with transverse strip, parafacial and gena broad, frontal angle and vibrissa angle all projecting, gena about 1/2 of eye in height, antenna scape and pedicel red-brown to black, most of first flagellomere red-brown, first flagellomere at least 2.0 times as long as pedicel, the longest hair shorter than width of first flagellomere, palpus yellow-brown, without facial carina; thorax black and green, with white pruinosity, with outer posthumeral seta, acr (1-2) + (2-4), dc (2-3) + (3-4), ial (0-1) + (3-4) (expect O.
Medial Distal Proximal ante-brachial vibrissa and distal vibrissae vibrissae Nasals at Expanded Expanded maxilo-frontal suture Palatine Present Usually fenestrae absent Subsquamosal Constricted Enlarged foramen anteroposteriorly anteroposteriorly Accessory Absence of Males and females cusps of C1 accessory cusps with posterior accessory cusps Anterolabial Continuous shelf Continuous shelf margin of tooth crown of M3 TL 251.75 (Female, 226 (Female, N = 4) N = 3) 232.33 (Male, N = 3) CBL 30.60 (Female, 26.99 (Female, N = 4) N = 2) Table 4 Small non-volant mammals captured at the surveyed localities.