the line, or system of lines, of sensory structures along the head and sides of fishes and amphibians, by which the animal is believed to detect water current and pressure changes and vibrations.
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Origin of lateral line
First recorded in 1865–70
Words nearby lateral line
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Scientific definitions for lateral line
A series of tubelike canals along the head and sides of fish and some amphibians by which vibrations, as from water currents, and changes in pressure are detected.
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