Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

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: cochleas, cochleae

Type of: tube, tube-shaped structure

Part of: inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth

Encyclopedia: Cochlea