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Illustration of a hair cell in the human inner ear

Illustration of a hair cell in the human inner ear


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Illustration of a hair cell in the human inner ear

Illustration of a single sensory " hair" cell of the organ of Corti, the sense organ of the cochlea in the human inner ear. The organ of Corti consists of rows of special sensory cells that convert sound signals into nerve impulses that are conducted to the brain via the cochlear nerve. The bundle of hairs (stereocilia) that point upwards from the cell body (at top left) are (in reality) in contact with a covering tectorial membrane. Various cell organelles are shown in the cell body & numerous nerve processes connect with the base of the cell

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Media ID 6422446

© FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Auditory Sense Hearing Inner Ear Sensory Cell


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This print showcases an intricate illustration of a hair cell in the human inner ear. The organ of Corti, depicted here, is responsible for our auditory sense and plays a crucial role in converting sound signals into nerve impulses that are transmitted to the brain through the cochlear nerve. The image highlights a single sensory "hair" cell with its bundle of upward-pointing hairs called stereocilia. These delicate structures, when in contact with the tectorial membrane (not shown), enable us to perceive various sounds accurately. The complexity of this microscopic world is revealed as numerous cell organelles can be observed within the cell body. Through this remarkable visual representation, we gain insight into the fascinating anatomy and functioning of our hearing mechanism. It serves as a reminder of how intricately designed our bodies are, allowing us to experience one of life's most beautiful gifts – sound. This awe-inspiring photograph from Science Photo Library not only educates but also sparks curiosity about the wonders hidden within ourselves. As we marvel at this illustration, let us appreciate the incredible capabilities bestowed upon us by nature and science alike.

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