hair cell


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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Recent Examples on the Web But nothing is available to replace damaged hair cells, which help clarify sound and improve speech intelligibility. Jonathan Saltzman,, "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 In people who have dysfunctional or dead hair cells, cochlear implants work by electrically stimulating auditory nerve cells directly. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Loud Noise Can Kill Cells in the Inner Ear Sound waves cause vibration in the ear drum, which triggers movement of hair cells called cilia in the inner ear. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Protect your ears: you might not realize what’s hurting them," 19 June 2018 Inside your ears are small sensors called hair cells. Blake Bakkila,, "What It Means If You Hear Laurel vs. Yanny, According to a Neuroscientist," 16 May 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Hair cell.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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

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