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

Examples of vestibular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vestibular apparatus can malfunction, causing dizziness, and this can be compounded by medications. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2022 Landings this catastrophic have been documented only a few times among amphibians before, in frogs that, sadly, had their vestibular systems deliberately disrupted. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Thompson is recognized for her research in rehabilitation engineering, specifically for translating her findings on vestibular disorders in primates into interventions for individuals with balance, gait and postural impairments. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Second is the vestibular system (the inner ear and semi-circular canals) that provides information about motion, head position and spatial orientation. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2022 The blue liquid in the rims of the glasses shifts with the movement of the vehicle, creating a line — an artificial horizon — that matches what your vestibular system is detecting. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2022 For the vestibular system to function properly, a fluid called endolymph has to traverse the canals of the inner ear, bopping sensory hairs that send electrical impulses to the brain. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Alicia Wolf, 36, who also deals with vestibular migraine and is a patient advocate with the nonprofit Miles for Migraine, had a similar experience. Abigail Libers, SELF, 4 May 2022 His wife’s tumor was an acoustic neuroma, or vestibular schwannoma, with an incident rate of approximately 10 in 1,000,000 people. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vestibular

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vestibular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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

Other Words from vestibular

vestibularly adverb


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