Term: macula saccule hair cell
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Name: macula saccule
Synonyms: saccular macula
Definition: Portion of tissue that is a patch of thickened, pseudostratified epithelium in the inner ear, consisting of regular arrays of sensory hair cells interspersed with supporting cells. The macula saccule senses linear acceleration and gravity. In juveniles the macula saccule is oriented vertically in a plane running along the anterioposterior body axis. It covers the medial wall of the saccule along most of its length.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0007000]
Name: hair cell
Synonyms: hair cells
Definition: Hair cell is a mechanoreceptor cell that is sensitive to movement of the hair-like projections (stereocilia and kinocilia) which relay the information centrally in the nervous system.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0009366]