Hair Cells, Sensory Transduction
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Hair cells are the sensory receptors in the organs of the vertebrate internal ear and in the lateral-line organ. They provide sensitivity to the broad range of stimuli to which these acousti-colateralis organs are responsive: air- and water-borne sound, substrate vibration, water motion, and angular and linear acceleration, especially that due to gravity. Hair cells are of particular importance to humans because a sensitive vestibular apparatus is required for our upright, bipedal mode of locomotion and because a sense of hearing is of paramount importance in our verbal communication.
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