Cochlea meaning

kŏklē-ə, kōklē-ə
A spiral-shaped cavity of the inner ear that resembles a snail shell and contains nerve endings essential for hearing.
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The spiral-shaped part of the inner ear, containing the cochlear nerve endings.
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A spiral-shaped cavity of the inner ear that resembles a snail shell and contains nerve endings essential for hearing.
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A spiral-shaped cavity of the inner ear and the main organ of hearing. The cochlea contains the nerve endings that transmit sound vibrations from the middle ear to the auditory nerve.
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(anatomy) The complex, spirally coiled, tapered cavity of the inner ear in which sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses.
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Origin of cochlea

  • Latin snail shell from Greek kokhliās snail from kokhlos land snail

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin cochlea (“snail”), from Ancient Greek κοχλίας (kokhlias, “spiral, snail shell”).

    From Wiktionary