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cochlea


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cochlea  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cochlea 
  n  :  the  snail-shaped  tube  in  the  inner  ear  where  sound 
  vibrations  are  converted  into  nerve  impulses  by  the  Organ 
  of  Corti 




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