- a spiral-shaped cavity forming a division of the internal ear in humans and in most other mammals.
Origin of cochlea
Related Words for cochlearcoiled, circling, rolled, wound, radial, circular, corkscrew, cochlear, helical, helicoid, tortile, whorled
Examples from the Web for cochlear
Contemporary Examples of cochlear
If you're born deaf, the debate about cochlear implants, children and deaf cultural rights will touch your life in some way.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
Historical Examples of cochlear
To destroy the cochlear nerve, the whole of the cochlea should be removed.
These fibres of the trapezium come from the cochlear nucleus of the auditory nerve, and run up as the lateral fillet.
- the spiral tube, shaped like a snail's shell, that forms part of the internal ear, converting sound vibrations into nerve impulses
Word Origin for cochlea
"spiral cavity of the inner ear," 1680s, from Latin cochlea "snail shell," from Greek kokhlias "snail, screw," etc., from kokhlos "spiral shell," perhaps related to konkhos "mussel, conch."
- 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.
- 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.