ves·​tib·​u·​lar | \ ve-ˈsti-byə-lər How to pronounce vestibular (audio) \

Definition of vestibular

1 : of, relating to, or functioning as a vestibule
2 : of, relating to, or affecting the perception of body position and movement the vestibular system of the inner ear

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Examples of vestibular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following several instances of dizziness and unusual weakness, Kelly received a diagnosis: acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma, a tumor sitting on her cranial nerves. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Matthew Stafford’s Wife Kelly Details Recovery from Brain Tumor and Her 'Focus on Positivity'," 15 Oct. 2019 It was previously identified in the inner ear, or vestibular system, of mice, humans and many other creatures, where it is required for developing a sense of balance. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears," 3 Feb. 2018 My hunch was that Alana was in the middle of a vestibular migraine, a variant where the brain’s electrical waves propagate through the cerebellum, the brain’s balance center. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 In Palo Alto, California, doctors told Olenka Villarreal that her young daughter, Ava, needed vestibular movement—like swinging—to help with her significant developmental challenges. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why cities need accessible playgrounds," 20 July 2018 How do vestibular migraines differ from classic migraines? Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Ravioli suffers from neurologic and balance problems due to a vestibular disorder. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Abandoned harbor seal pups find refuge at Galveston's Moody Gardens," 1 Mar. 2018 Her dizziness may also have been due to the disruption of her vestibular system — her sense of balance, Wang said. Tom Avril,, "Nathan Chen: How the Olympic figure skater's quadruple jumps mix power, precision," 7 Feb. 2018 Modius has built a headset that stimulates your vestibular nerve, which runs behind your ear and into your brain. The Washington Post,, "CES 2018: 12 of the wildest tech gadgets coming online," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of vestibular

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vestibular was circa 1839

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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vestibular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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ves·​tib·​u·​lar | \ ve-ˈstib-yə-lər How to pronounce vestibular (audio) \

Medical Definition of vestibular

1 : of or relating to the vestibule of the inner ear, the vestibular system, the vestibular nerve, or the vestibular sense vestibular impulses
2 : lying within or facing the vestibule of the mouth the vestibular surface of a tooth

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vestibularly adverb

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