lateral line

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lateral line

n.
A series of sensory pores along the head and sides of fish and some amphibians by which water currents, vibrations, and pressure changes are detected.
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lat′eral line′


n.
a linear array of sensory structures along the sides of fish and amphibians.
[1865–70]
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lat·er·al line

(lăt′ər-əl)
A series of tube-like canals along the head and sides of fish and some amphibians by which vibrations, as from water currents, and changes in pressure are detected.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lateral line - sense organs of fish and amphibians; believed to detect pressure changes in the water
amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
fish - any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills; "the shark is a large fish"; "in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish"
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
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lateral line

n (of fish)Seitenlinie f
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References in periodicals archive ?
(1988), patterns of sensory papillae are described according to Sanzo (1911) and cephalic canal pore terminology follows Akihito et al.
Posterior nasal pore slightly median to posterior nostril; median anterior interorbital pore just before eyes; median posterior interorbital above posterior margin of pupil; postorbital pore behind upper quarter of eye; infraorbital pore below and behind postorbital pore, behind and in line with upper margin of pupil; lateral canal pore above middle of preoperculum; terminal lateral canal pore above posterior preopercular margin; a long tube with pores at each end above operculum; three preopercular pores, upper in line with point just below middle of eye; middle pore midway between upper and lower pores.
Generic diagnosis: most sensory papillae on head and body elongate or finger-like; no barbels present; chin with two short rows of sensory papillae converging toward each other posteriorly to form V or \ / pattern; fleshy cheek fold absent though low folds or ridges present connecting papillae; no cephalic sensory canal pores; sensory papillae in pairs or short vertical rows along mid-side of body; pelvic frenum variably developed.