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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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The genus Neophyllomyza Melander, 1913 (Milichiidae: Phyllomyzinae) can be separated from other genera of the subfamily Phyllomyzinae by the following characteristics: paired cruciate setae present along the middle of the front; fron-to-orbital setae extending quite to antennae, the upper ones diverging, the lower converging; face excavated, cheeks narrow, oral vibrissae large; proboscis long, slender, geniculate; lunule small, bare; one humeral, 2 notopleural, one presutural, 2 supra-alar; one katepisternal, no anepisternal setae (Melander 1913; Brochu & Wheeler 2009).
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A successful crush was confirmed in each animal by observing complete loss of the blink reflex, flattening of vibrissae orientation, and paralysis of vibrissae movement.
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The resultant seizures were scored as follows: Stage 0 (no response); Stage 1 (hyperactivity, restlessness and vibrissae twitching); Stage 2 (head nodding, head clonus and myoclonic jerks); Stage 3 (unilateral or bilateral limb clonus); Stage 4 (forelimb clonic seizures); Stage 5 (generalized clonic seizures with falling).
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It is rare because of the protection provided by the ciliary action of the nasal mucosa and the nasal vibrissae and by the bactericidal properties of nasal secretions?