neuroepithelium

neuroepithelium

[noor-oh-ep-i-thee-lee-uhm, nyoor-]
noun, plural neuroepitheliums, neuroepithelia [noor-oh-ep-i-thee-lee-uh, nyoor-] .
1.
Embryology. the part of the embryonic ectoderm that gives rise to the nervous system.
2.
Anatomy. tissue composed of epithelial cells that are specialized to serve a sensory function, as the nasal mucosa and retina.

Origin:
1880–85; neuro- + epithelium

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neuroepithelium neu·ro·ep·i·the·li·um (nur'ō-ěp'ə-thē'lē-əm, nyur'-)
n.

  1. The part of the embryonic ectoderm that develops into the nervous system.

  2. The highly specialized epithelial cells of sensory organs such as the eye and nose.


neu'ro·ep'i·the'li·al adj.
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