lateral line


: a canal along the side of a fish containing pores that open into tubes supplied with sense organs sensitive to low vibrations
also : one of these tubes or sense organs

Examples of lateral line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But on land the lateral line system was useless. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Sharks can detect this using both the vestibular hair cells in their inner ear, and their sensory organ called the lateral line, according to another study at Aberdeen University. Samantha Arrowsmith, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2022 Through receptors on their heads and bodies, the lateral line lets fish feel movements and pressure changes in the surrounding water. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2014 However, there could still be even more signals that the fish senses with its lateral line. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2014 In water, the inner ear and the lateral line system on fish’s skin detected pressure waves and the motion of water molecules. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 According to an environmental impact statement (EIS) released this month by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, the firm seeks to construct a 36-mile lateral line from a tie-in at Holden to the power plant north of Delta. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 That is, their vision works in concert with their other senses, in this case a fish organ known as the lateral line. Matt Simon, Wired, 13 Jan. 2021 Fish have a lateral line filled with nerve endings to detect noises and vibrations made by both predators and prey. Popular Science, 16 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lateral line was in 1752

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“Lateral line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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