lateral-line system


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lateral-line system

[′lad·ə·rəl ‚līn ‚sis·təm]
(vertebrate zoology)
The complex of lateral-line end organs and nerves in skin on the sides of many fishes and amphibians.
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The organ that makes this possible is the lateral-line system, which registers changes in currents and even smaller disturbances, providing backup support for the sense of sight particularly in dark or muddy waters.
With a sense modeled on the lateral-line system, but which would function as well in air as under water, robots might for example move safely among crowds of people.
In contrast, dashing swimmers in rushing water carry most of their neuromasts in their lateral-line systems.