Definition of Hair cell

1. Noun. A sensory epithelial cell present in the organ of Corti.

Generic synonyms: Epithelial Cell
Group relationships: Organ Of Corti

Medical Definition of Hair cell

1. 1. Cells found in the epithelial lining of the labyrinth of the inner ear. The hairs are stereovilli up to 25 m long that restrict the plane in which deformation of the apical membrane of the cell can be brought about by movement of fluid or by sound. Movement of the single stereocilium transduces mechanical movements into electrical receptor potentials. 2. Many plant surfaces are covered with fine hairs (Tradescantia stamens are a common source), the hairs are made up of thin walled cells that are convenient for studying cytoplasmic streaming and for observing mitosis. (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hair Cell

hair-tailed mole
hair ball
hair bulb
hair bundle
hair bundles
hair care
hair cast
hair cell (current term)
hair cells
hair coloring
hair colour
hair conditioner
hair conditioners
hair crosses
hair curler
hair curling
hair cut
hair cuts
hair cycle
hair diseases
hair disk
hair drier

Literary usage of Hair cell

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1. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1900)
"The cell of Corti very closely resembles an inner hair-cell. ... 190 D), and the free surface bears, like the inner hair-cell, a row of short rods, ..."

2. A Textbook of Physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"In each pair we may recognize a cell which bears hairs (or rather rods), the hair-cell ... bar The cell of Corti very closely resembles an inner hair-cell. ..."

3. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1892)
"A single hair cell, alive in aqueous humor, a, terminal bulb of hair affixed to cover glass, b, the elastic hair, f, the cell cap. FIG. 9. ..."

4. Text-book of Botany: Morphological and Physiological by Julius Sachs (1875)
"... of the epidermis-cells may become separated by a septum ; the hair then consists of a basal cell fixed in the epidermis and of a free hair-cell (as in ..."

5. Journal of Applied Microscopy by Bausch & Lomb Optical Company (1901)
"The hair-cell complete, possesses an internal point or hair which can clearly ... The hair cell is, due to the " hair organ," a specific form of cell which ..."

6. Human embryology by Charles Sedgwick Minot (1897)
"It becomes the inner hair-cell, with a distinct nucleus of its own, a somewhat coarsely granular protoplasm, and a horseshoe of hairs upon its free upper ..."

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