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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Bulk electrocyte preparations were produced by incubating whole electric organs in an equal volume of skate saline containing 1% (w/v) collagenase (Worthington CLS I) for up to 7 days at 6 [degrees] C.
Immobilizing drugs such as curare were not employed in this study because they block synaptic transmission at the spinal motor nerve-electric organ electrocyte junction.
Kirchgessner, "Effects of zinc deficiency on concentrations of lipids in liver and plasma of rats," Trace Elements and Electrocytes, vol.
Its internal structure is identical to the one in Torpedo fish where column of electrocytes (cells where electric charge is produced by the movement of ions in a similar way as in battery cells) arranged within organs increases the electrical output up to 500 volts.
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.
Larner, "Biological effects of tellurium: a review," Trace Elements and Electrocytes, vol.