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The portion of the ear located within the temporal bone that is involved in both hearing and balance and includes the semicircular canals, vestibule, and cochlea. Also called internal ear, labyrinth.
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The portion of the ear consisting of the cochlea, the vestibule, and the bony semicircular canals, which contain the receptors for static and dynamic equilibrium. The receptors are innervated by the vestibulocochlear nerve. Synonym: auris interna; Internal earSee: illustration
See also: ear
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The interior section of the ear, where sound vibrations and information about balance are translated into nerve impulses.
Mentioned in: Cochlear Implants
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