Term: otic vesicle tether cell
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Name: otic vesicle
Synonyms: otic capsule, otocyst, ov
Definition: Epithelial sac present beside the fifth rhombomere; forms the semicircular canals dorsally and the otolith organs ventrally, and houses the acoustico-vestibular sensory epithelia (maculae) of hair cells. (Also see Anatomical Atlas entry for ear by T. Whitfield.)
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0000051]
Name: tether cell
Definition: A specialized hair cell that has an elongated kinocilium upon which an otolith accretes. The tether cell then anchors the otolith in place.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0005565]