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 (vī-brĭs′ə, və-)
n. pl. vi·bris·sae (-brĭs′ē)
1. Any of the long stiff hairs that are located chiefly on the muzzle of most mammals and that function as tactile organs, as the whiskers of a cat.
2. One of several long modified feathers located at the sides of the mouth of insect-eating birds.

[From Late Latin vibrissae, nostril hairs, from vibrāre, to vibrate; see vibrate.]


n (usually plural) , pl -sae (-siː)
1. (Zoology) any of the bristle-like sensitive hairs on the face of many mammals; whisker
2. (Zoology) any of the specialized bristle-like feathers around the beak in certain insectivorous birds
[C17: from Latin, probably from vibrāre to shake]
viˈbrissal adj


(vaɪˈbrɪs ə)

n., pl. -bris•sae (-ˈbrɪs i)
1. one of the stiff hairs at the sides of the mouth in some animals, as a whisker of a cat.
2. one of the similar stiff feathers at the sides of the mouth in some insect-eating birds, as the whippoorwill.
[1685–95; < Medieval Latin, derivative of Latin vibrāre to shake]
vi•bris′sal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vibrissa - a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a catvibrissa - a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism
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I hypothesize that neural information coding is shaped by the statistics of the time-varying vibrissa contacts.
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In conclusion the results of this study constitute a breakthrough in the analysis of the organization and properties of vibrissa related mechanoreceptors.
Vibrissal angle relatively blunt; vibrissa strong, located at level of lower eye margin.
Closed-loop neuronal computations: focus on vibrissa somatosensation in rat.
The auricles were not developed, the external auditory canal could not be observed bilaterally, the ears and nose appeared hypoplasic, only the vibrissa could be observed.
Expression pattern of retinoic acid receptor genes during hair vibrissa follicle plantar and nasal gland development.