Smell receptors, SEM

Smell receptors, SEM

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of the human olfactory epithelium, the site of smell receptors in the nasal cavity. This image features a single olfactory vesicle (centre), with numerous cilia radiating from its free surface. The cilia are believed to be the points of interaction between a smelly substance and the receptor nerve cell. The olfactory vesicle is a bulbous surface expansion of the cytoplasm of the olfactory receptor cell (a bipolar nerve cell), one of the three cell types that comprise the olfactory epithelium. Magnification: x11,250 at 6x7cm size, x5,000 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, epithelium, false-coloured, human body, images, magnified image, microscopic photos, mucosa, nasal, nasal mucosal epithelium, nose, olfaction, olfactory, sense, smell, subjects

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