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epithelium associated with special sense organs and containing sensory nerve endings


body noun (body parts)


neuroepithelia | neuroepitheliums

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Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)


Neuroepithelial cell | Neuroepithelial cells

the "stem cells" of the nervous system, deriving from actual stem cells in several different stages of neural development. These neural stem cells then differentiate further into multiple types of cells, like neurons, astrocytes and other glial cells. ... (38 of 2509 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Neuroepithelial cell

Oxford Dictionary:

neuroepithelium | neuroepithelial [derived]

[anatomy] : a type of epithelium containing sensory nerve endings and found ... | [embryology] ectoderm that develops into nerve tissue. (20 of 59 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

neuroepithelium | neuroepitheliums [plural] | neuroepithelia [plural]

[embryology] the part of the embryonic ectoderm that gives rise to the nervous system. | [anatomy] tissue composed of epithelial cells that are ... (22 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)



neuroepithelium | neuroepithelia [plural]

The part of an embryo that develops into the nervous system | The epithelium associated with sensory organs such as the eye or nose (23 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

taste bud [anatomy]

small organ located on the tongue in terrestrial vertebrates that functions in the perception of taste. In fish, taste buds occur on the lips, the ... (25 of 382 words, 3 images)


New World Dictionary:

taste bud

an oval cluster of cells embedded principally in the epithelium of the tongue and functioning as the sense organ of taste (21 of 23 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

taste bud

any of the elevated oval-shaped sensory end organs on the surface of the tongue, by means of which the sensation of taste is experienced (24 of 251 words, 3 usage examples)



taste bud

an end organ mediating the sensation of taste and lying chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue (17 of 44 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/taste bud

American Heritage Dictionary:

taste bud

Any of numerous spherical or ovoid clusters of receptor cells found mainly in the epithelium of the tongue and constituting the end organs of the ... (25 of 31 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


sheet of tissue that covers or lines the external and internal body surfaces. The epithelium is closely packed, has little intercellular material, and ... (23 of 160 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

taste bud | taste buds [plural]

a sensory receptor on the surface of the tongue or in the mouth that sends signals to the brain when stimulated by specific chemicals, producing the ... (26 of 60 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861718499​/definition​.html  [offline]

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