Term: neuromast stereocilium
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Name: neuromast
Synonyms: lateral line neuromast, lateral line organ, neuromasts
Definition: Volcano-shaped lateral line sensory organ located in characteristic positions within the skin epithelium and containing hair cells and their support elements. (Also see Anatomical Atlas entry for lateral line by T. Whitfield.)
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0000243]
Name: stereocilium
Synonyms:
Definition: An actin-based protrusion from the apical surface of auditory and vestibular hair cells and of neuromast cells. These protrusions are supported by a bundle of cross-linked actin filaments (an actin cable), oriented such that the plus (barbed) ends are at the tip of the protrusion, capped by a tip complex which bridges to the plasma. Bundles of stereocilia act as mechanosensory organelles.
Ontology: GO: Cellular Component [GO:0032420]   QuickGO   AmiGO