ear canal


Definition of ear canal 

: the tubular passage of the outer ear leading to the tympanic membrane

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These new earplugs use an acoustic channel that imitates the function of your ear canal and a filter that reduces sound by 20 decibels. Josie Colt, WIRED, "All the Gear, Gadgets, and Apps We Loved in May," 31 May 2018 For a student with an earache, say, the technician can first assess the eardrum in person, take video and photos of the ear canal, and connect the student to a doctor for a real-time consultation. Emily Holland, WSJ, "Telemedicine Reinvents the Visit to the School Nurse," 25 May 2018 Pseudomonas, transmitted when skin comes in contact with contaminated water, may lead to rashes near the ear canal and otitis externa (or swimmer’s ear). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "CDC warns pools, hot tubs and water parks are hotbed for disease outbreaks," 22 May 2018 Seconds later, her husband confirmed there indeed was a roach wriggling around in her ear canal. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "There's only one thing scarier than the current news cycle: roaches | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Legs that could only belong to an adventurous palmetto bug [a type of roach] exploring my ear canal. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Common Is It Actually for a Bug to Crawl in Your Ear?," 1 May 2018 After detecting questions in the mind, AlterEgo then transmits the answers through bone vibrations in the ear canal. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This MIT Gadget Can Google Search Your Thoughts," 23 Apr. 2018 The Urbanears Hellas is an on-ear headphone for that handful of buyers who want something for the gym but can’t get comfortable with the idea of sticking earbuds in their ear canals. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Finding good wireless headphones in a sea of compromises," 14 Nov. 2017 Your ear canal and eardrum are delicate and can be damaged easily by excess earwax. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ear canal

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ear canal was in 1859

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English Language Learners Definition of ear canal

: the tube that leads into the ear

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Medical Definition of ear canal 

: the tubular passage of the outer ear leading to the tympanic membrane

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