Is a cochlear hair cell a neuron?

TonyJeffs tonyjeffs at aol.com
Sun Jun 29 11:24:05 EST 2003

Is a cochlear hair cell a neuron or not?  I've seen it categorised
both ways.
Is it a matter of preference?  Has it changed as more is learned about
the hair cell.
It does have some computing power having synamptic and gate inputs.
What's the output? is it a variable release of neurotransmitter
depending on incoming signal, or is it like the release from a
presynaptic membrane?



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