inner ear

noun

Definition of inner ear

: the essential organ of hearing and equilibrium that is located in the temporal bone, is innervated by the auditory nerve, and includes the vestibule, the semicircular canals, and the cochlea

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Bad balance, on the other hand, may stem from a wide variety of health issues, ranging from dehydration and low blood pressure to inner ear disorders and Parkinson's disease. Barbara Brody, Good Housekeeping, "5 Signs Your Body is Aging Faster Than It Should Be," 28 Feb. 2019 Brody’s illness began with a fall, which doctors suspected may have been related to an inner ear infection, but led to a stay at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where scans revealed a tumor on his brain stem. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Dying boy's Christmas decorations allegedly vandalized, neighbor claims," 19 Sep. 2018 Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure and in fact the hardest structures in their bodies are the bones in their inner ear which give them balance and their teeth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover Trippy New Translucent Fish at the Bottom of the Ocean," 10 Sep. 2018 Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure and in fact the hardest structures in their bodies are the bones in their inner ear which give them balance and their teeth. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Scientists find 3 bizarre new sea creatures in pitch-black part of Pacific Ocean," 10 Sep. 2018 The ability to balance depends on the formation of tiny crystals of calcium carbonate in the inner ear. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears," 3 Feb. 2018 Lathrop began her new enterprise with two waltzing mice, a breed known for their bobbing and circling movement caused by mutation of the inner ear. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The History of Breeding Mice for Science Begins With a Woman in a Barn," 20 Mar. 2018 The rare cancer attacked his temporal bone, cranial nerve and inner ear. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 Garrett suffered from stage 4 Alveolar Fusion Negative Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) which is a rare form of cancer that affected Garrett’s temporal bone, cranial nerve and inner ear, according to a GoFundMe created for him. PEOPLE.com, "5-Year-Old Boy Dying of Cancer Prepares His Own Amazing Obituary: 'See Ya Later, Suckas!'," 12 July 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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inner ear

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inner ear

biology : the part of the ear that is located within your head and that controls hearing and balance

inner ear

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Kids Definition of inner ear

: the inner part of the ear that is located in a bony cavity and plays a key role in hearing and keeping the body properly balanced

inner ear

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Medical Definition of inner ear

: the essential part of the vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium that typically is located in the temporal bone, is innervated by the auditory nerve, and includes the vestibule, the semicircular canals, and the cochlea

called also internal ear

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