lateral line
noun Date: 1752 a canal along the side of a fish containing pores that open into tubes supplied with sense organs sensitive to low vibrations; also one of these tubes or sense organs

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  • Lateral line — Lateral Lat er*al, a. [L. lateralis, fr. latus, lateris, side: cf. F. lat[ e]ral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) Lying at, or extending toward, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lateral line — n. a row of sensory organs along each side of the head and body in fishes and a few amphibians, probably for detecting vibrations, currents, and pressure: see FISH …   English World dictionary

  • Lateral line — In fish, the lateral line is a sense organ used to detect movement and vibration in the surrounding water. Lateral lines are usually visible as faint lines running lengthwise down each side, from the vicinity of the gill covers to the base of the …   Wikipedia

  • lateral line — a tube like sensory organ (usually bearing pores) extending along the side of the body from the rear of the head to the tail. Detects water movements, low frequency vibrations (lower than 160 200 Hz) and perhaps temperature changes. In some… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • lateral line — noun sense organs of fish and amphibians; believed to detect pressure changes in the water • Syn: ↑lateral line organ • Hypernyms: ↑sense organ, ↑sensory receptor, ↑receptor • Part Holonyms: ↑fish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lateral line — 1. (ANNELIDA: Oligochaeta) In aquatic forms, the line formed by the nuclei of the fibers of the circular muscles. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In eruciform Trichoptera, finely haired, longitudinal cuticular fold on each side of the abdomen; see… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • lateral line — the line, or system of lines, of sensory structures along the head and sides of fishes and amphibians, by which the animal is believed to detect water current and pressure changes and vibrations. See diag. under fish. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • lateral line — noun Zoology a visible line along the side of a fish, consisting of a series of sense organs which detect pressure and vibration …   English new terms dictionary

  • lateral line — lat′eral line′ n. zool. a linear array of sensory structures along the sides of fish and amphibians • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • lateral line — /ˈlætrəl laɪn/ (say latruhl luyn) noun the line of mucous pores, with sensory function, along the sides of many fishes …   Australian English dictionary

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