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cochlea

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noun co·chlea \ˈkō-klē-ə, ˈkä-klē-\

Simple Definition of cochlea

  • : the part of the inner ear that contains the endings of the nerve that carries information about sound to the brain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cochlea

plural

cochleas

or

cochleae

play \-klē-ˌē, -ˌī\
  1. :  a hollow tube in the inner ear of higher vertebrates that is usually coiled like a snail shell and contains the sensory organ of hearing — see ear illustration

cochlear

play \ˈkō-klē-ər, ˈkä-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of cochlea

New Latin, from Latin, snail, snail shell, from Greek kochlias, from kochlos snail; probably akin to Greek konchē mussel


First Known Use: 1688


COCHLEA Defined for Kids

cochlea

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noun co·chlea \ˈkō-klē-ə, ˈkä-\

Definition of cochlea for Students

plural

cochleas

or

cochleae

\-ˌē, -ˌī\
  1. :  a coiled tube in the inner part of the ear that contains the endings of the nerve which carries information about sound to the brain




Medical Dictionary

cochlea

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noun co·chle·a \ˈkō-klē-ə, ˈkäk-lē-\

Medical Definition of cochlea

plural

cochleas

or

cochleae

\ˈkō-klē-ˌē, ˈkäk-lē-ˌē, -ˌī\play
  1. :  a division of the bony labyrinth of the inner ear coiled into the form of a snail shell and consisting of a spiral canal in the petrous part of the temporal bone in which lies a smaller membranous spiral passage that communicates with the saccule at the base of the spiral, ends blindly near its apex, and contains the organ of Corti

cochlear

\ˈkō-klē-ər, ˈkäk-lē-ər\play adjective


Illustration of cochlea


Learn More about cochlea

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of cochlea Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cochlea


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