Definitions for organ of cortiˈkɔr ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or′gan of Cor′tiˈkɔr ti(n.)

  1. a structure in the cochlea of the ear consisting of hair cells that serve as receptors for sound waves.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

Origin of organ of Corti:

1880–85; after Alfonso Corti (1822–76), Italian anatomist

Princeton's WordNet

  1. organ of Corti(noun)

    the hearing organ of the inner ear; contains receptors that respond to sound waves

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  1. Organ of Corti

    The organ of Corti, found only in mammals, is part of the cochlea of the inner ear and is provided with hair cells or auditory sensory cells. It evolved from the basilar papilla found in all tetrapods, except for a few derived species that have lost it. The organ was named after the Italian anatomist Marquis Alfonso Giacomo Gaspare Corti, who conducted microscopic research of the mammalian auditory system.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Organ of Corti

    The spiral EPITHELIUM containing sensory AUDITORY HAIR CELLS and supporting cells in the cochlea. Organ of Corti, situated on the BASILAR MEMBRANE and overlaid by a gelatinous TECTORIAL MEMBRANE, converts sound-induced mechanical waves to neural impulses to the brain.

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