basilar membrane


Definition of basilar membrane

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

Examples of basilar membrane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 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, 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of basilar membrane

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Basilar membrane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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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