Definition of scala media in English:

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scala media

Pronunciation: /ˌskālə ˈmēdēə/

noun (plural scalae mediae /ˈskālē ˈmēdē-ē/)

The central duct of the cochlea in the inner ear, containing the sensory cells and separated from the scala tympani and scala vestibuli by membranes.
Example sentences
  • Inside the lagena, another membrane runs the length of the scala media.
  • This ensured that the ionic environment of the scala media was not disturbed by influx of tissue culture medium.
  • However, unlike the present study, measurements in that study were performed with ruptures in Reissner's membrane, which may have produced alterations in the ionic environment in scala media.


Late 19th century: from Latin, literally 'middle ladder'.

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Syllabification: sca·la me·dia

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