Placode(redirected from Olfactory placode)
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the rudiment of a sense organ or ganglion in humans, vertebrates, and some invertebrates. Placodes are paired thickenings of the outermost embryonic germ layer, the ectoderm; they arise as the nervous system is laid down in the early stages of embryogeny. In vertebrates, placodes give rise to the olfactory organ, the crystalline lens of the eye, the inner ear, the auditory ganglion, and the ganglia of the facial, glossopharyngeal, and vagus nerves. In cyclostomes, fishes, and many amphibians, placodes give rise to the lateral-line organs in addition to the aforementioned structures.