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basilar membrane Syllabification: bas·i·lar mem·brane

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of basilar membrane in English:


A membrane in the cochlea that bears the organ of Corti.
Example sentences
  • The preparation included the modiolar bone, basilar membrane, and overlying organ of Corti of a half to a full turn.
  • Standard theory states that cellular structures in the organ of Corti move in unison as a rigid body, around a hinge point located at the attachment of the basilar membrane to the bony core of the cochlea.
  • Like the mammalian cochlea, the alligator lizard cochlea is driven by pressure differences across the basilar membrane.
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