inner ear

noun

Origin:
1920–25

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inner ear
 
n
internal ear another name for labyrinth

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inner ear n.
The portion of the ear within the temporal bone that is involved in hearing and balance and includes the semicircular canals, vestibule, and cochlea. Also called internal ear, labyrinth.

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inner ear   (ĭn'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
The innermost part of the ear in many vertebrate animals, consisting of the cochlea, the semicircular canals, and the vestibule. sound vibrations are transmitted from the cochlea of the inner ear to the brain by the auditory nerve. The semicircular canals and the vestibule are the body's organs of balance. See more at ear1.
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inner ear definition


The part of the ear, located deep within the skull, where sound vibrations are converted to electrical signals and sent to the brain via the auditory nerve to produce the sensation of hearing. Organs related to balance are also located in the inner ear.

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Example sentences
The diagnoses range from inner ear diseases and brain tumors to schizophrenia
  and psychopathy.
But with repeated exposure comes more damage to the hair cells in the inner
  ear, which are key to good hearing.
What is unbearable, however, is after a few hours the disc design puts some
  decent strain on the inner ear.
But, our inner ear is filled with fluid, and this represents a problem.
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