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Medical Term:

olfactory receptor cells


very slender nerve cells, with large nuclei and surmounted by 6–8 long, sensitive cilia in the olfactory epithelium at the roof of the nose; they are the receptors for smell.

Synonym(s): olfactory cells, Schultze cells

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