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organ of Corti

Syllabification: or·gan of Cor·ti
Pronunciation: /ˌôrɡən əv ˈkôrtē
 
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Definition of organ of Corti in English:

noun

Anatomy
A structure in the cochlea of the inner ear that produces nerve impulses in response to sound vibrations.
Example sentences
  • In man, the cochlea and the organ of Corti follow a spiral course of two and one half turns.
  • The micromechanics of the organ of Corti and the tectorial membrane is then analyzed by our new method.
  • A cochlear implant takes the place of the damaged organ of Corti and stimulates the spiral ganglion cells directly.

Origin

late 19th century: named after Alfonso Corti (1822–76), Italian anatomist.

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