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Noun: cochlea (cochleae,cochleas)  kók-lee-u or kowk-lee-u
  1. The snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti

Derived forms: cochleae, cochleas

Type of: tube, tube-shaped structure

Part of: inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth

Encyclopedia: Cochlea