organ of Corti
Etymology: Alfonso Corti died 1876 Italian anatomist Date: 1867 a complex epithelial structure in the cochlea that rests on the internal surface of the basilar membrane and in mammals is the chief part of the ear by which sound is directly perceived

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  • Organ of Corti — A cross section of the cochlea illustrating the organ of Corti …   Wikipedia

  • Organ of Corti — Organ Or gan, n. [L. organum, Gr. ?; akin to ? work, and E. work: cf. F. organe. See {Work}, and cf. {Orgue}, {Orgy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An instrument or medium by which some important action is performed, or an important end accomplished; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • organ of Corti — organ of Cor·ti kȯrt ē n a complex epithelial structure in the cochlea that in mammals is the chief part of the ear by which sound is directly perceived and that rests on the internal surface of the basilar membrane and contains two spiral rows… …   Medical dictionary

  • organ of Corti — [kôrt′ē] n. the spiral structure inside the cochlea of the inner ear, containing the hair cells that are sensitive to sound waves …   English World dictionary

  • organ of Corti — spiral organ the sense organ of the cochlea of the inner ear, which converts sound signals into nerve impulses that are transmitted to the brain via the cochlear nerve. [A. Corti (1822–88), Italian anatomist] …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • organ of Corti — the sense organ of the cochlea of the inner ear, which converts sound signals into nerve impulses that are transmitted to the brain via the cochlear nerve. A. Corti (1822 88), Italian anatomist …   Medical dictionary

  • organ of Corti — noun the hearing organ of the inner ear; contains receptors that respond to sound waves • Hypernyms: ↑organ of hearing • Part Holonyms: ↑cochlea • Part Meronyms: ↑hair cell …   Useful english dictionary

  • organ of Corti — or′gan of Cor′ti [[t]ˈkɔr ti[/t]] n. anat. zool. a structure in the cochlea of the ear consisting of hair cells that serve as receptors for sound waves • Etymology: 1880–85; after Alfonso Corti (1822–76), Italian anatomist …   From formal English to slang

  • organ of corti — /ˌɔgən əv ˈkɔti/ (say .awguhn uhv kawtee) noun the large number of hair cells and nerve cells with their supporting structures which convert the mechanical vibrations of the basilar membrane of the cochlea into nerve impulses for the auditory… …   Australian English dictionary

  • organ of Corti — /kawr tee/ Anat., Zool. a structure in the cochlea of a mammal, consisting of hair cells that serve as receptors for auditory stimuli. [1880 85; named after A CORTI] * * * …   Universalium

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