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cochlea

[kok-lee-uh, koh-klee-uh] /ˈkɒk li ə, ˈkoʊ kli ə/
noun, plural cochleae
[kok-lee-ee, -lee-ahy, koh-klee-ee, ‐klee-ahy] /ˈkɒk liˌi, -liˌaɪ, ˈkoʊ kliˌi, ‐kliˌaɪ/ (Show IPA),
cochleas. Anatomy
1.
a spiral-shaped cavity forming a division of the internal ear in humans and in most other mammals.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin < Greek kochlíās snail (with spiral shell), screw, probably akin to kónchē conch
Related forms
cochlear, adjective
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cochlea

/ˈkɒklɪə/
noun (pl) -leae (-lɪˌiː)
1.
the spiral tube, shaped like a snail's shell, that forms part of the internal ear, converting sound vibrations into nerve impulses
Derived Forms
cochlear, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: snail, spiral, from Greek kokhlias; probably related to Greek konkhēconch
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cochlea

n.

"spiral cavity of the inner ear," 1680s, from Latin cochlea "snail shell," from Greek kokhlias "snail, screw," etc., from kokhlos "spiral shell," perhaps related to konkhos "mussel, conch."

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cochlea coch·le·a (kŏk'lē-ə, kō'klē-ə)
n. pl. coch·le·as or coch·le·ae (-lē-ē')
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.


coch'le·ar (-ər)
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cochlea
  (kŏk'lē-ə)   
Plural cochleae (kŏk'lē-ē', -lē-ī') or 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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