Definition of scala vestibuli in English:

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scala vestibuli

Pronunciation: /ˌskeɪlə vɛˈstɪbjʊli/

noun (plural scalae vestibuli /ˌskeɪliː/ /ˌskeɪlʌɪ/)

The upper bony passage of the cochlea.
Example sentences
  • Vibrations of the oval window are transmitted to the perilymph in the scala vestibuli and across the vestibular membrane to the endolymph of the cochlear duct.
  • Since it is confluent with the perilymph around the rest of the vestibular apparatus, this compartment is called the scala vestibuli.


Early 18th century: from Latin, literally 'ladder of the vestibule'.

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