The mammalian inner ear includes several kinds of sensory organ with distinct connections to the central nervous systems. All of the sensory organs of the inner ear belong to the membranous labyrinth, which consists of a series of fine tubes and sacs filled with the fluid endolymph and surrounded by another fluid, perilymph. The membranous labyrinth as a whole arises embryologically from the otic vesicle of ectodermal placodal origin (Rubel 1978).
KeywordsHair Cell Vestibular Organ Membranous Labyrinth Synaptic Ribbon Cuticular Plate
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