cochlea

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noun co·chlea \ ˈkō-klē-ə , ˈkä-klē- \

Definition of cochlea

plural cochleas or cochleae play \-klē-ˌē, -ˌī\
: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

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Origin and Etymology of cochlea

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


COCHLEA Defined for English Language Learners

cochlea

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Definition of cochlea for English Language Learners

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


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\
: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 play \ˈkō-klē-ˌē, ˈkäk-lē-ˌē, -ˌī\
: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

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

Illustration of cochlea


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