modiolus

modiolus

[moh-dahy-uh-luhs, muh-]
noun, plural modioli [moh-dahy-uh-lahy, muh-] . Anatomy.
the central, conical axis of the cochlea of the ear.

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

modiolar, adjective
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modiolus (məʊˈdaɪəʊləs, mə-)
 
n , pl -li
the central bony pillar of the cochlea
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: hub of a wheel, from modus a measure]

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modiolus mo·di·o·lus (mō-dī'ə-ləs)
n. pl. mo·di·o·li (-lī')
The central conical bony core of the cochlea of the ear.

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