electrocyte

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electrocyte

(ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌsaɪt)
n
(Zoology) zoology a specialized muscle or nerve cell that generates electricity, as found in an electric organ
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But between 100 and 200 million years ago, some fish began to amplify that potential by evolving electrocytes from muscle cells, organized in sequence and capable of generating much higher voltages than those used to make muscles work.
Their bodies contain electric organs with about 6,000 specialized cells called electrocytes that store power like tiny batteries.
Eels' thousands of cells, called electrocytes, generate up to 600 volts of electricity--about 50 car batteries' worth of juice.