a spiral-shaped cavity forming a division of the internal ear in humans and in most other mammals.
- coch·le·ar, adjective
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How to use cochlea in a sentence
If you're born deaf, the debate about cochlear implants, children and deaf cultural rights will touch your life in some way.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for cochlea
the spiral tube, shaped like a snail's shell, that forms part of the internal ear, converting sound vibrations into nerve impulses
- cochlear, adjective
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Scientific definitions for cochlea
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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