pl. -·leae· or -·leas
the spiral-shaped part of the inner ear, containing the cochlear nerve endings
Origin of cochleaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek kochlias, snail, snail shell ; from kochlos, shellfish; akin to konch?: see conch
nounpl. coch·le·ae also coch·le·as
A spiral-shaped cavity of the inner ear that resembles a snail shell and contains nerve endings essential for hearing.
Origin of cochleaLatin, snail shell, from Greek kokhlias, snail, from kokhlos, land snail.
(plural cochleas or cochleae)
- (anatomy) The complex, spirally coiled, tapered cavity of the inner ear in which sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses.
From Latin cochlea (“snail”), from Ancient Greek κοχλίας (kokhlias, “spiral, snail shell”).