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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 16 - Special Senses

Plate 16.313 Semicirular Canal

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Temporal bone

Plate 16.313 Semicirular Canal

Cat, Müller's fluid, H. & E., 162 x.


Perilymphatic space: Intervenes between the osseous labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth. Traversed by fibrous trabeculae. Contains the fluid, perilymph.

Osseous tissue: Compact bone forming the osseous labyrinth. The surface facing the perilymph has a periosteum covered by mesenchymal tissue.

Endolymphatic space: The stimulation of the vestibular receptors (the crista ampullaris and the two maculae) depends upon the movement of endolymph, the fluid contained within the endolymphatic space in the semicircular canals, saccule, and utricle. See Plates 314 and 315. Note the mesothelial lining enclosing the endolymphatic space.  

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