One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type of epithelium containing sensory nerve endings and found in certain sense organs (e.g. the retina, the inner ear, the nasal membranes, and the taste buds).
- ‘Scanning electron microscopy on neuroepithelium of dissected cochlea, i.e., of the upper surface of the hair cells of the organ of Corti, was used to investigate the cause of deafness.’
- ‘The free nerve endings of cranial nerve V are located diffusely throughout the nasal respiratory epithelium, including regions of the olfactory neuroepithelium.’
- ‘Human ESTs encoding GCN2 were derived from a wide variety of tissues including prostate, uterus, and neuroepithelium in addition to those tissues found to contain mGCN2 mRNA.’
- ‘Smell receptors are located within the olfactory neuroepithelium, a region of tissue found over the cribiform plate, the superior septum and a segment of the superior turbinate.’
2(in embryology) ectoderm that develops into nerve tissue.
- ‘An aggregate area of one low-power microscopic field, even if only in one slide of the tumor, exceeds the minor amount of immature brain or neuroepithelium acceptable for Grade 1.’
- ‘Immature neural tissue or neuroepithelium is more common than grade 1 but does not exceed an aggregate area of three low-power microscopic fields in any one slide.’
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