pineal eye


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pineal eye

pineal eye

n
(Zoology) an outgrowth of the pineal gland that forms an eyelike structure on the top of the head in certain cold-blooded vertebrates
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Noun1.pineal eye - a sensory structure capable of light reception located on the dorsal side of the diencephalon in various reptilespineal eye - a sensory structure capable of light reception located on the dorsal side of the diencephalon in various reptiles
sense organ, sensory receptor, receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
betweenbrain, diencephalon, interbrain, thalmencephalon - the posterior division of the forebrain; connects the cerebral hemispheres with the mesencephalon
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Although the pineal eye resembles other eyes, and so seems likely to sense light, the animals show no obvious behavioral response to light falling on that organ.
While most animal species do not have a true pineal eye, the pineal gland is sensitive to light in many nonmammalian species, including birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.