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Meaning of COCHLEA

Pronunciation:  'kâkleeu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the Organ of Corti

COCHLEA is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: basilar membrane, inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth, modiolus, organ of Corti, tube, tube-shaped structure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Coch"le*a\, n. [L., a snail, or snail shell, Gr. ? a
snail, fr. ? a shellfish with a spiral shell.] (Anat.)
An appendage of the labyrinth of the internal ear, which is
elongated and coiled into a spiral in mammals. See {Ear}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: snail-shaped structure in the inner ear that contains the organ of hearing.