• stiffness
  • The "string" of the basilar membrane is not a set of parallel strings, as in a guitar, but a long structure that has different properties (width, stiffness, mass, damping, and the dimensions of the ducts that it couples to) at different points along its length. (wikipedia.org)
  • In order to understand the difference between the two types of basilar membranes, effects of the bending stiffness and radial tension on the acoustic traveling wave in the passive gerbil cochlea is analyzed. (ntu.edu.sg)
  • protein
  • Membrane organization is based on a sheet two molecules thick-a double layer of lipids aligned with their long hydrocarbon tails tucked inside-studded with protein molecules, some of which extend completely through the lipid bilayer. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • There are several such mechanisms and they rely upon interactions between a transportable molecule and specific protein molecules in the membrane. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • tension
  • However, in few species of mammals, such as gerbil, their basilar membranes are arched and have a resting radial tension. (ntu.edu.sg)
  • Depending on the shape of the external contour along which the tension is applied, several types of membranes are distinguished: for example, rectangular, circular, and elliptical. (thefreedictionary.com)