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Origin of inner ear
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The most famous theory of the action of the inner ear is the "piano theory" of Helmholtz.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • It is of that finer sort which the inner ear alone can estimate.

  • The last of these presses against an opening in the inner ear, a cavity surrounded by the bones of the head.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The inner ear also has to do with balancing the body as it has in fishes and other vertebrates.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • A physical examination would show immediately that he was born without eardrums and that the inner ear bones are fused.

    The Foreign Hand Tie Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His lips did not move, yet McGuire heard the words as in some inner ear.

  • The organs of the inner ear, however, are well developed, and birds undoubtedly have excellent hearing.

  • In the higher vertebrates it is divided into the outer, middle, and inner ear.

  • It is now the "inner ear," which is symbolic of a higher type of musical art.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • That is, it must be overheard by the inner ear, which statement rather puts a damper on Flaubert's contention.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for inner ear

inner ear

another name for internal ear, labyrinth
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inner ear in Medicine

inner ear n.
The portion of the ear within the temporal bone that is involved in hearing and balance and includes the semicircular canals, vestibule, and cochlea. Also called internal ear, labyrinth.

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inner ear in Science
inner ear
The innermost part of the ear in many vertebrate animals, consisting of the cochlea, the semicircular canals, and the vestibule. Sound vibrations are transmitted from the cochlea of the inner ear to the brain by the auditory nerve. The semicircular canals and the vestibule are the body's organs of balance. See more at ear1.
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inner ear in Culture

inner ear definition

The part of the ear, located deep within the skull, where sound vibrations are converted to electrical signals and sent to the brain via the auditory nerve to produce the sensation of hearing. Organs related to balance are also located in the inner ear.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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