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Inner ear, macula of saccule

Hair cells are mechanoreceptor cells comprising the macula of the saccule.  In this context, hair cells are deflected by the weight or inertia of the otoliths and hence respond to gravity or linear acceleration.

The space above the tissue is filled with endolymph.

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SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King

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Last updated:  24 December 2004 / dgk