inner ear


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

Examples of inner ear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than amplifying sound, as hearing aids do, cochlear implants send electrical signals directly to the auditory nerve, via an implant in the inner ear combined with an external sensor. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Alan Shepard who took that first step in the long march to the moon was later grounded by Menière’s Disease, an ailment of the inner ear that affects balance, during NASA’s second space program—Gemini. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2022 However, the most common cause of tinnitus is damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2022 The progenitor cells are placed in the inner ear and can create the tiny hair cells that our hearing relies on. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 3 May 2022 In water, the inner ear and the lateral line system on fish’s skin detected pressure waves and the motion of water molecules. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Stafford has pleasant memories of receiving encouragement from strangers when the Lions were losing or when his wife Kelly was recovering from an operation to remove a tumor on a nerve that went from her brain to her inner ear. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Confirming those mechanisms has been difficult because the inner ear is notoriously hard to study, Gehrke says. Emily Sohn, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 The virus could also invade a barrier between the bloodstream and inner ear. Emily Sohn, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inner ear

1855, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Inner ear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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

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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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