from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The central, conical, bony core of the cochlea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The central core of the cochlea
  • n. A chiasma of facial muscles held together by fibrous tissue

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The central column in the osseous cochlea of the ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. modioli (-lī). In anatomy, the columella cochleæ or central pillar around which the cochlear lamina winds in a spiral like a staircase.
  • n. . 2. [capitalized] In conchology, same as Modiola.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the central conical bony pillar of the cochlea


Latin, socket, hub, diminutive of modius, a measure of grain, measuring vessel; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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