basilar membrane

noun

Definition of basilar membrane 

: a membrane extending from the bony shelf of the cochlea to the outer wall and supporting the organ of Corti

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When implanting cochlear implants, Polley explained, surgeons thread electrodes into specific locations along the basilar membrane to target nerves that are sensitive to particular frequencies. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Within the cochlea, hair cells rest on an organic platform known as the basilar membrane that is floppy and wide on one end and narrow and taut on the other. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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basilar membrane

noun

Medical Definition of basilar membrane 

: a membrane that extends from the margin of the bony shelf of the cochlea to the outer wall and that supports the organ of Corti

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