kinocilium


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kinocilium

[¦kin·ə′sil·ē·əm]
(cell and molecular biology)
A type of cilium containing one central pair of microfibrils and nine peripheral pairs; they extend from the apex of hair cells in all vertebrate ears except mammals.
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This consists of a central kinocilium (or cnidocil) surrounded by an array of actin-rich stereovilli (Goltz and Thurm, 1991).
Each neuromast is composed of several hair cells that contain a bundle of stereocilia and a single kinocilium.
Most vertebrate vestibular hair cells are topped with a bundle of stereocilia of increasing length and extended kinocilium and a bipolarity with maximum activation when deflected toward the kinocilium.