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outer ear

Origin of outer ear
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A cross-section diagram from the outer ear to the lobes of the brain.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson
  • This reaches her outer ear and bespeaks his good-will and gentleness at least.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The form of the outer ear is adapted to the needs of the animal.

  • For a time his words fell unheeded upon Cameron's outer ear.

    Corporal Cameron Ralph Connor
  • As is well known, a passage exists from the outer ear to the drum.


    George Alexander Fischer
  • Shall we allow the guess as to the origin of the tip of the outer ear to revolutionize theology?

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.

  • Even the outer ear is itself a receiver, for when the intermittent beam is focussed in the cavity a faint musical tone is heard.

  • The outer ear is made of a plate of skin and gristle and a slightly bent tube about one inch long.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • These claim such perceptivity of the outer ear and such fineness of the channels that the tune is but a clack when it gets inside.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
outer ear in Medicine

outer ear out·er ear (ou'tər)
See external ear.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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outer ear in Science
outer ear
The part of the ear in many vertebrates that is external to the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and contains the canal leading to the eardrum as well as the ear lobe and other visible structures. In mammals, the outer ear, which is made mostly of cartilage, gathers and focuses incoming sound waves and transmits them to the eardrum. See more at ear1.
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outer ear in Culture

outer ear definition

The part of the ear that projects from the side of the head and functions to gather and guide sound waves toward the eardrum.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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