[ kok-lee-uh, koh-klee-uh ]
/ ˈkɒk li ə, ˈkoʊ kli ə /
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 cochleacoch·le·ar, adjective
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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 cochleacochlear, adjective
Word Origin for cochlea
C16: from Latin: snail, spiral, from Greek kokhlias; probably related to Greek konkhē conch
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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 cochleacoch′le•ar (-ər) adj.
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Plural cochleae (kŏk′lē-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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