Definitions for: Cochlea


[n] the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the Organ of Corti



Webster (1913) Definition: Coch"le*a, n. [L., a snail, or snail shell, Gr. ? a
snail, fr. ? a shellfish with a spiral shell.] (Anat.)
An appendage of the labyrinth of the internal ear, which is
elongated and coiled into a spiral in mammals. See Ear.

See Also: basilar membrane, inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth, modiolus, organ of Corti, tube, tube-shaped structure

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