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modiolus

Definition:

the central conical bony pillar of the cochlea

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Plural:

modioli

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Latin, socket, hub, diminutive of modius, a measure of grain, measuring vessel;...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

the central bony pillar of the cochlea (7 of 181 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/modiolus

Wikipedia:

Modiolus [disambiguation]

can refer to: Modiolus (cochlea) | Modiolus (face) | Modiolus (genus), - a genus of mussels in the Mytilidae (17 of 60 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Modiolus

Oxford Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

Syllabification: (mo·di·o·lus) | [anatomy] | the conical central axis of the cochlea of the ear. (13 of 46 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/modiolus

modiolus [anatomy] | modioli [plural]

the conical central axis of the cochlea of the ear (10 of 41 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/modiolus

American Heritage Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

The central, conical, bony core of the cochlea. (8 of 32 words, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

the central bony axis of the cochlea of the ear (10 of 31 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modiolus

Random House Dictionary:

modiolus [anatomy] | modioli [plural]

the central, conical axis of the cochlea of the ear. (10 of 21 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/modiolus

Wiktionary:

modiolus

[anatomy] The central core of the cochlea | [anatomy] A chiasma of facial muscles held together by fibrous tissue (18 of 19 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/modiolus

Columbia Encyclopedia:

ear | semicircular canal | cochlea | hearing

organ of hearing and equilibrium. The human ear consists of outer, middle, and inner parts. The outer ear is the visible portion; it includes the ... (25 of 198 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0816540​.html

Merriam-Webster:

cochlea | cochleas [plural] | cochleae [plural] | cochlear [adjective, related]

a hollow tube in the inner ear of higher vertebrates that is usually coiled like a snail shell and contains the sensory organ of hearing (25 of 79 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cochlea

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cochlea [countable, medical] | cochleas [plural] | cochleae [plural]

a part of your inner ear that has a spiral shape and contains very small hairs that move when sound waves come into your ear (25 of 53 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cochlea

Cambridge Dictionary:

cochlea [specialized] | cochleae [plural] | cochleas [plural]

a twisted tube inside the inner ear which is the main organ of hearing (14 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cochlea

Britannica Encyclopedia:

bone [anatomy]

rigid body tissue consisting of cells embedded in an abundant, hard intercellular material. The two principal components of this material, collagen ... (21 of 481 words, 7 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/72869​/bone

Encarta Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

the bony central pillar of the cochlea in the inner ear (11 of 44 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630733​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

Origin: Latin, socket, hub, diminutive of modius, a measure of grain, measuring vessel; see med- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modiolus

Collins Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

First use: 19th century

Origin: New Latin, from Latin: hub of a wheel, from modus a measure

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/modiolus

New World Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

Origin: Modern Latin, diminutive of Latin modius, measure for grain from modus, measure: see "mode"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modiolus

Oxford Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

First use: early 19th century

Origin: Latin, literally "nave of a wheel"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/modiolus

Encarta Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: Latin, "nave of a wheel" from modius "measure"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630733​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

modiolus | modioli [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "modiolus"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/modiolus

the Free Dictionary:

modiolus

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "modiolus"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "modiolus" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

modiolus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "modiolus" by speech synthesizer

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