inner ear
noun Date: 1855 the essential organ of hearing and equilibrium that is located in the temporal bone, is innervated by the auditory nerve, and includes the vestibule, the semicircular canals, and the cochlea

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  • inner ear — n. the part of the ear in the temporal bone consisting of the semicircular canals, vestibule, and cochlea: see EAR1 * * * or labyrinth of the ear Part of the ear containing organs of hearing and equilibrium. The bony labyrinth has three sections… …   Universalium

  • inner ear — noun count the inside part of your ear that controls your balance and your ability to hear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • inner ear — n. the part of the ear in the temporal bone consisting of the semicircular canals, vestibule, and cochlea: see EAR1 …   English World dictionary

  • Inner ear — There are three sections of the ear. They are the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The inner ear is far and away the most highly complex. The essential component of the inner ear for hearing is the membranous labyrinth where the… …   Medical dictionary

  • inner ear — noun a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium • Syn: ↑internal ear, ↑labyrinth • Hypernyms: ↑sense organ, ↑sensory receptor, ↑receptor • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • inner ear — in′ner ear′ n. anat. the inner, liquid filled, membranous portion of the ear, involved in hearing and balance • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • inner ear — /ˈɪnər ɪə/ (say inuhr ear) noun the section of the ear made up of the cochlea, the vestibule and the semicircular canals. Also, internal ear …   Australian English dictionary

  • inner ear — noun The portion of the ear located within the temporal bone which includes the semicircular canals, vestibule, and cochlea and is responsible for hearing and balance. Syn: auris interna, internal ear, labyrinth …   Wiktionary

  • inner ear. — See internal ear. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • inner ear — internal part of the ear where the cochlea and semicircular canals are located (organs which transform sound waves into auditory signals and aid in balance) …   English contemporary dictionary

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