The longer axis of an ellipse, passing through its foci.
- The major axis of the ellipse will be along the East-West line and the minor axis will be North-South.
- The major axes of both ellipses point nearly in the direction of maximum hair bundle excitation (perpendicular to the gray line).
- It was found that the maximum total force is experienced when the major axis of the ellipsoid is perpendicular to the flow and the minimum when it is aligned.
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