ear canal

noun

Definition of ear canal

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

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Surfer’s ear can cause tiny bumps in your ear canal. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Sound waves enter your outer ear and travel to the middle portion via a narrow passageway called the ear canal. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Music is played into your ears, but your ear canal remains unobstructed. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Sony’s futuristic earbuds are a pain in the present," 29 June 2018 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

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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ear canal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ear canal

: the tube that leads into the ear

ear canal

noun

Medical Definition of ear canal

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

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