Glossary terms will appear here
Action Potential- (nerve impulse) transient all or none reversal of a membrane potential produced by regenerative inward currents in excitable membranes (for more information see The Nervous and Endocrine Systems.
Ganglion- a cluster of nerve cell bodies
G-Protein- a protein in the plasma membrane that binds to GTP and becomes activated and converts GTP to GDP (see page 913 of the General Biology Text)
Microvilli- miniature tubular elongations on a surface membrane
Opsins- visual pigment molecules made up of proteins
Otolith- a solid deposit or ear stone which rests in a bed or sensory hair cells in fish.
Photon-a discrete particle containing a fixed amount of light energy; correlating directly to the wavelength of the light that it is traveling in.
Photopigment Molecule- These contain two connected opsin proteins that change their protein configurations when the photopigment molecule absorbs photons of light.
Rhodopsin- a visual pigment molecule bound to a retinal molecule. There are the visual pigments of rods in the eye
Scolopida- A specialized cluster of sensory cells
Setae- long hair like processes