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Medical Term:

hair cells


Definition: sensory epithelial cells present in the spiral organ, maculae, and cristae of the membranous labyrinth of the ear; they are characterized by having long stereocilia or kinocilia (or both) which, with the light microscope, appear as fine hairs.

See: Corti cells

See Also: vestibular hair cells, cochlear hair cells

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