outer ear

noun

Definition of outer ear

:the outer visible portion of the ear that collects and directs sound waves toward the tympanic membrane by way of a canal which extends inward through the temporal bone

First Known Use of outer ear

1701


OUTER EAR Defined for English Language Learners

outer ear

noun

Definition of outer ear for English Language Learners

  • biology : the part of the ear that can be seen on the outside of your head


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noun out·er ear \ ˈau̇t-ər- \

medical Definition of outer ear

:the outer visible portion of the ear that collects and directs sound waves toward the tympanic membrane by way of a canal which extends inward through the temporal bone

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