hair cell

noun

Definition of hair cell

: a cell with hairlike processes especially : one of the sensory cells in the auditory epithelium of the organ of Corti

Examples of hair cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But nothing is available to replace damaged hair cells, which have a role in clarifying sound and improving speech intelligibility. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Frequency signs $80m deal with Japan’s Astellas Pharma," 17 July 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any noise louder than 120 decibels can immediately damage the tiny hair cells that help turn vibrations into what our brains perceive as sound. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Ranked: the loudest sounds ever measured," 3 Feb. 2020 Understanding how stress affects stem cell populations, which seed all of the cells in the body, from skin cells to blood cells and hair cells, could provide clues about how to cope better under stress and perhaps even age in a more healthy way. Time, "Scientists Confirm That Stress Can Indeed Turn Hair Grey," 22 Jan. 2020 But nothing is available to replace damaged hair cells, which help clarify sound and improve speech intelligibility. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Frequency Therapeutics raises another $62 million," 23 July 2019 Even hair cells, for instance, divide at a particular time each evening, Panda has found. Quanta Magazine, "How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time," 15 Sep. 2015 Produce is rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent damage to hair cells in the inner ear. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "How To Recapture Peace and Quiet In a Noisy World," 27 Mar. 2019 That system operates as the body’s balance organ; its three semicircular canals are filled with fluid and tiny hair cells that sense in which direction the body is moving. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Remedy for Car Sickness?," 15 Aug. 2018 We’re born with about 16,000 little hair cells in our ears that act as sound detectors. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How your cycling class could give you hearing loss," 31 May 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Hair cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hair%20cell. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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hair cell

noun

Medical Definition of hair cell

: a cell with hairlike processes especially : one of the sensory cells in the auditory epithelium of the organ of Corti

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