ear canal


Definition of ear canal 

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

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Over the course of a whale’s life, the waxy material is deposited in its ear canal, leaving a roughly foot-long structure that can be recovered after the animal’s death. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 The hot water sloshes down my ear canal like an aural Neti Pot. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Noise-Blocking Plugs That Custom-Fit Your Ears," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of ear canal

1859, in the meaning defined above

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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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