American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Anatomy The outer projecting portion of the ear. Also called pinna.
- n. Anatomy See atrium.
- n. Biology An earlobe-shaped part, process, or appendage, especially at the base of an organ.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pinna of the external ear; that part of the organ of hearing which projects from the side of the head. See pinna, and cut under ear. Also auricula.
- n. A chamber or one of the chambers of the heart into which the blood comes from the veins, and from which it passes into the ventricle or one of the ventricles. In the mammalian, avian, and reptilian heart there are two auricles, the right and the left. The name is sometimes used in a more special sense to designate an ear-like portion or appendage (appendix auriculæ) of each of these chambers; the remainder is then distinguished as the sinus. The right auricle receives venous blood from the venæ cavæ; the left auricle receives arterial blood from the lungs through the pulmonary veins. See cuts under
- n. Something, or some part of a thing, like or likened to an ear: variously applied, chiefly in botany, zoölogy, and comparative anatomy. Specifically— In entomology, an appendage of the planta of certain insects, as bees. In echinoderms, an auricula. See
auricula, 4. In botany, an ear-shaped or ear-like appendage; the inflated lower lobe or appendage of the leaves of some Hepaticæ.
- n. An instrument applied to the ears to assist in hearing; a kind of ear-trumpet.
- n. anatomy The outer ear or pinna.
- n. anatomy An ear-shaped appendage of the left or right atrium of the heart.
- n. anatomy An atrium, the smaller of the two types of heart chamber.
- n. botany Any appendage in the shape of an earlobe
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The external ear, or that part of the ear which is prominent from the head.
- n. The chamber, or one of the two chambers, of the heart, by which the blood is received and transmitted to the ventricle or ventricles; -- so called from its resemblance to the auricle or external ear of some quadrupeds. See heart.
- n. (Zoöl.) An angular or ear-shaped lobe.
- n. An instrument applied to the ears to give aid in hearing; a kind of ear trumpet.
- n. a small conical pouch projecting from the upper anterior part of each atrium of the heart
- n. the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear
- From Latin auricula, diminutive of auris ("ear") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, auricle of the heart, from Old French, little ear, from Latin auricula, ear, earlier diminutive of auris, ear; see ous- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Right at the start of my experiments upon animals it had occurred to me, as to other investigators, that one could penetrate diagonally through the right auricle from the upper into the lower vena cava.”
“The external part of the ear is called the auricle, or outward ear, which is a cartilaginous funnel, connected to the bones of the temple, by means of cellular substance, and likewise by its own proper ligaments and muscles.”
“With a skillful pressing movement of her auricle, which is used as a hammer, she pushes the gathered gold into her baskets.”
“25 THE HUMAN BRAIN The auricle is another uniquely mammalian feature.”
“Abbreviations: P, the outside opening of the pneumostome (breathing hole); MC, mantle collar (the front edge of the mantle that is fused to the top of the head in a live snail); K, kidney, V, ventricle; A, auricle (the ventricle and the auricle together make up the heart); R, rectum (its opening is within the pneumostome); L, lung.”
“The eight tribal leaders were scheduled to meet each other on Monday in Wana to discuss plans to achieve peace between between security forces and insurgents. and it reminded me of an auricle that I have neglected to post.”
“The peripheral system includes the external ear (auricle and ear canal), the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, the middle ear (three small and connected bones: malleus, incus, and stapes), the oval window boundary, and the inner ear (vestibular system and cochlea).”
“Slice through to whichever interior chamber you hit first — auricle or ventricle — and lay the heart out open.”
“So that, in his view (Fig. 2), the course of the blood was from the intestine to the liver, and from the liver into the great ‘vena cava’, including what we now call the right auricle of the heart, whence it was distributed by the branches of the veins.”
“Furthermore, he demonstrated that the cavities of the left side of the heart — what we now call the left auricle and the left ventricle — are, like the arteries, full of blood during life, and that that blood was of the scarlet kind — arterialised, or as he called it”
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