ear canal

noun

Definition of ear canal

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

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Look for a fit that forms a seal in your ear canal. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 The life-threatening infection started in his ear canal and ended up spreading to the lining of his brain after years of struggling with ear pain and hearing loss issues but not knowing the root of the problem. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Developed a Near-Fatal Infection in His Brain Lining After Using a Cotton Swab," 15 Mar. 2019 After examining his brain via a CT scan, the doctors diagnosed the man with what's known as necrotizing otitis externa, an infection in the soft tissue of the external auditory canal (the part of the ear canal from outside the ear to the drum). Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Developed a Near-Fatal Infection in His Brain Lining After Using a Cotton Swab," 15 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of ear canal

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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