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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Evolution has removed the ability of muscle cells to contract and changed the distribution of proteins in the cell membrane; now all electrocytes do is push ions across a membrane to create a massive flow of positive charge," said Lindsay Traeger, U-W graduate student and co-author of the study.
They found that the dimmer switch comes in the form of sodium channels the fish insert and remove from the membranes of special cells, called electrocytes, within their electric organs.
Their bodies contain electric organs with about 6,000 specialized cells called electrocytes that store power like tiny batteries.