electric organ

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electric organ

[i¦lek·trik ′ȯr·gən]
(vertebrate zoology)
An organ consisting of rows of electroplaques which produce an electric discharge.
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Dissociated electrocytes were washed free of smaller cellular material (fragments of electrocytes and nerve fibrils, glia and nerve terminals) by sequential washing and sedimentation at unit gravity in polypropylene centrifuge tubes at 0-4 [degrees] C.
Unfixed samples of dissociated electrocytes in saline were viewed with standard light microscopy at low (binocular dissecting microscope) and high (Zeiss Axiophot) magnification.
Dissociated electrocytes were bathed in saline and viewed with a dissection microscope.
If allowance is made for the lower cellular density in skate and the larger volume of individual electrocytes (as indicated by LDH activity), then the terminal volume of skate electric organ is between 10% and 18% of that found in Torpedo.
The action of collagenase on skate electric organ has two distinct, but partially overlapping, phases: first, the dissociation of innervated electrocytes; and second, the denervation of individual electrocytes and the concomitant release of nerve terminals into the surrounding fluid (Fox et al.
When salines from washed electrocytes are examined with Nomarski optics, free nerve terminals can be identified [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED].