[ moh-dahy-uh-luh s, muh- ]
/ moʊˈdaɪ ə ləs, mə- /

noun, plural mo·di·o·li [moh-dahy-uh-lahy, muh-] /moʊˈdaɪ əˌlaɪ, mə-/. Anatomy.

the central, conical axis of the cochlea of the ear.

Origin of modiolus

1685–95; < New Latin, Latin: nave of a wheel bucket, drinking vessel, equivalent to modi(us) a dry measure (perhaps derivative of modus mode1) + -olus -ole1


mo·di·o·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for modiolus

/ (məʊˈdaɪəʊləs, mə-) /

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

the central bony pillar of the cochlea

Word Origin for modiolus

C19: New Latin, from Latin: hub of a wheel, from modus a measure
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Medicine definitions for modiolus

[ mō-dīə-ləs ]

n. pl. mo•di•o•li (-lī′)

The central conical bony core of the cochlea of the ear.
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