SEM of the surface of the organ of Corti

SEM of the surface of the organ of Corti

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of the organ of Corti, the sense organ of the inner ear that converts sound signals into nerve impulses that are conducted to the brain via the cochlear nerve. The section shows the single row of inner hair cells (top), containing linearly arranged apical stereocilia. Below are 3 rows of V-shaped outer hair cells: the area inside each V- shaped group of stereocilia appears smooth and is termed the cuticular plate. The white, speckled areas are the surfaces of the outer pillar cells (vertical lines) and Deiter's cells, which are visible around the rows of outer hair cells. Mag: X 3,400 at 8x8 inch, X 1,012 at 6x6cm size. The structures seen were rendered visible by the

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Keywords: anatomy, auditory sense, hearing, human body, inner hair cell, org. of corti, organ of corti, outer hair cell

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