ves·​tib·​u·​lar ve-ˈsti-byə-lər How to pronounce vestibular (audio)
: of, relating to, or functioning as a vestibule
: of, relating to, or affecting the perception of body position and movement
the vestibular system of the inner ear

Examples of vestibular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the vestibular entrance was crowded with customers snapping photos of a welcome sign. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2024 In this way, the Teeter Popper engages the vestibular system to strengthen balance and coordination—two traits with which many autistic kids struggle. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 6 Mar. 2024 The inner ear holds the vestibular system, which sends information about balance and motion to the brain. Discover Magazine, 29 Jan. 2024 For example, gymnasts who practice walking on narrow beams continuously challenge their somatosensory and vestibular systems. Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 Wolf had to drive 16 hours, paying for gas and hotels along the way, to finally see the specialist who diagnosed her with vestibular migraine. Abigail Libers, SELF, 4 May 2022 Only in this case, that mismatched perception is a result of the organs and hairs of the vestibular system floating free without their usual gravitational signals. Kim Tingley, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 Research has found that healthcare providers have used corticosteroids to treat vestibular neuritis with COVID. Maressa Brown, Health, 31 Oct. 2023 The vestibular system, which is the body’s system of hearing as well as balance, consists of five distinct organs in the ear. Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vestibular was circa 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Vestibular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ves·​tib·​u·​lar ve-ˈstib-yə-lər How to pronounce vestibular (audio)
: of or relating to the vestibule of the inner ear, the vestibular system, the vestibular nerve, or the vestibular sense
vestibular impulses
: lying within or facing the vestibule of the mouth
the vestibular surface of a tooth
vestibularly adverb
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