Stereocilia (or stereovilli) are non-motile apical modifications of the cell, which are distinct from cilia and microvilli, but closely related to the latter.
Stereocilia of frog inner ear
|Anatomical terms of microanatomy|
In structure, they are longer than typical microvilli and have more of the characteristics of the cellular membrane proper. Like microvilli, they contain actin filaments, distinguishing them from microtubule-containing cilia.
They are found in three regions of the body:
- the ductus deferens
- the epididymis (see stereocilia (epididymis) for more details). Some sources consider epididymal stereocilia to be a variant of microvilli, rather than their own distinct type of structure.
- the sensory (hair) cells of the inner ear (see stereocilia (inner ear) for more details)
- Krause J. William (July 2005). Krause's Essential Human Histology for Medical Students. Universal-Publishers. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-1-58112-468-2. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
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