semicircular canal

  1. any of the three curved tubular canals in the labyrinth of the ear, associated with the sense of equilibrium.

Origin of semicircular canal

First recorded in 1740–50

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British Dictionary definitions for semicircular canal

semicircular canal

  1. anatomy any of the three looped fluid-filled membranous tubes, at right angles to one another, that comprise the labyrinth of the ear: concerned with the sense of orientation and equilibrium

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Scientific definitions for semicircular canal

semicircular canal

[ sĕm′ĭ-sûrkyə-lər ]

  1. Any of the three looped tubes of the inner ear that together with the vestibules makes up the organs that maintain equilibrium in vertebrates.

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