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auricular

[aw-rik-yuh-ler] /ɔˈrɪk yə lər/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ear or to the sense of hearing; aural.
2.
perceived by or addressed to the ear; made in private:
an auricular confession.
3.
dependent on hearing; understood or known by hearing:
auricular evidence.
4.
shaped like an ear; auriculate.
5.
Anatomy. pertaining to an auricle of the heart.
6.
Ornithology. pertaining to certain often modified feathers that cover and protect the opening of a bird's ear.
noun
7.
Usually, auriculars. Ornithology. feathers that cover and protect the opening of a bird's ear.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Late Latin auriculāris of, pertaining to the ear. See auricle, -ar1
Related forms
auricularly, adverb
interauricular, adjective
nonauricular, adjective
postauricular, adjective
preauricular, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-auricular

auricular

/ɔːˈrɪkjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or received by the sense or organs of hearing; aural
2.
shaped like an ear
3.
of or relating to an auricle of the heart
4.
(of feathers) occurring in tufts surrounding the ears of owls and similar birds
noun
5.
(usually pl) an auricular feather
Derived Forms
auricularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pre-auricular

auricular

adj.

1540s, "auditory" (originally of confessions), from Medieval Latin auricularis, from Latin auricula (see auricle). Meaning "pertaining to the ear" is from 1640s.

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pre-auricular in Medicine

auricular au·ric·u·lar (ô-rĭk'yə-lər)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the sense of hearing or the organs of hearing.

  2. Perceived by or spoken into the ear, as when testing hearing.

  3. Shaped like an ear or an earlobe; having earlike parts or extensions.

  4. Of or relating to an auricle of the heart.

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