semicircular canal

noun

Definition of semicircular canal 

: any of the loop-shaped tubular parts of the labyrinth of the ear that together constitute a sensory organ associated with the maintenance of bodily equilibrium — see ear illustration

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But a tiny semicircular canal in the skull suggests was markedly different from gibbons, reports Dvorsky. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Is This Baby Animal the Last Common Ancestor of Humans and Apes?," 10 Aug. 2017

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1748, in the meaning defined above

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semicircular canal

noun
semi·cir·cu·lar canal | \-ˌsər-kyə-lər- \

Medical Definition of semicircular canal 

: any of the loop-shaped tubular parts of the labyrinth of the ear that together constitute a sensory organ associated with the maintenance of bodily equilibrium, that consist of an inner membranous canal of the membranous labyrinth and a corresponding outer bony canal of the bony labyrinth, and that in all vertebrates above cyclostomes form a group of three in each ear usually in planes nearly at right angles to each other — see semicircular duct

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