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oval window

noun, Anatomy.
1.
an oval opening at the head of the cochlea, connecting the middle and inner ear, through which sound vibrations of the stapes are transmitted.
Origin of oval window
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85
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  • The bright street below the oval window was empty and quiet.

    The Link Alan Edward Nourse
  • It is thirty-one by thirteen feet and is lighted by one oval window.

    The House of the Lord James E. Talmage
  • He surveyed the city from the oval window, frowning in thought.

    The Fifth-Dimension Tube William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There was a high, oval window at the back over the balcony, and the sun poured through.

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • She stepped to the oval window, touched a latch, and swung the pane horizontally upon two pivots.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • He looked quickly up and saw that an oval window had opened in the structure near its tip.

    Zehru of Xollar Hal K. Wells
  • The room is twenty-eight by fourteen feet, and has one oval window on the south side.

    The House of the Lord James E. Talmage
  • The plate of the stirrup is fixed by a membrane into the oval window of the inner wall of the tympanic chamber.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • It is on the inner side of the oval window, which was closed, as we have seen, by the stirrup bone.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The stirrup now performs a to-and-fro movement at the oval window, passing the auditory impulse inwards to the internal ear.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
oval window in Medicine

oval window n.
An oval opening located on the medial wall of the tympanic cavity, leading into the vestibule, to which the base of the stapes is connected and through which the ossicles of the ear transmit the sound vibrations to the cochlea. Also called fenestra of vestibule.

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