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cochlea

[ kok-lee-uh, koh-klee-uh ]
/ ˈkɒk li ə, ˈkoʊ kli ə /
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noun, plural coch·le·ae [kok-lee-ee, -lee-ahy, koh-klee-ee, ‐klee-ahy], /ˈkɒk liˌi, -liˌaɪ, ˈkoʊ kliˌi, ‐kliˌaɪ/, coch·le·as.Anatomy.
a spiral-shaped cavity forming a division of the internal ear in humans and in most other mammals.
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Origin of cochlea

1530–40; <Latin <Greek kochlíās snail (with spiral shell), screw, probably akin to kónchēconch

OTHER WORDS FROM cochlea

coch·le·ar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cochlea

cochlea
/ (ˈkɒklɪə) /

noun plural -leae (-lɪˌiː)
the spiral tube, shaped like a snail's shell, that forms part of the internal ear, converting sound vibrations into nerve impulses

Derived forms of cochlea

cochlear, adjective

Word Origin for cochlea

C16: from Latin: snail, spiral, from Greek kokhlias; probably related to Greek konkhē conch
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Medical definitions for cochlea

cochlea
[ kŏklē-ə, kōklē-ə ]

n. pl. coch•le•as
A spiral-shaped cavity in the petrous portion of the temporal bone of the inner ear, containing the nerve endings essential for hearing and forming one of the divisions of the labyrinth.

Other words from cochlea

cochle•ar (-ər) adj.
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Scientific definitions for cochlea

cochlea
[ kŏklē-ə ]

Plural cochleae (kŏklē-ē′, -lē-ī′) cochleas
A spiral-shaped cavity of the inner ear and the main organ of hearing. The cochlea contains the nerve endings that transmit sound vibrations from the middle ear to the auditory nerve.
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