Inner ear hair cells, SEM

Inner ear hair cells, SEM

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Caption: Inner ear hair cells. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of sensory hair cells from the cochlea of the inner ear. The hairs are surrounded by a fluid called the endolymph. As sound enters the ear it causes waves to form in the endolymph, which in turn cause these hairs to move. The movement is converted into an electrical signal, which is passed to the brain. Each crescent-shaped arrangement of hairs lies on the top of a single cell.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, auditory sense, biological, biology, cell, cells, cilia, cilium, cochlea, coloured, false-coloured, hairs, healthy, hearing, inner ear, normal, organ of corti, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, sense, sensitive, sensory hair, sound, stereocilia

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