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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ladder; sequence.
  • n. Ladder-like structure in the cochlea of a mammal's ear.
  • n. A machine formerly used for reducing dislocations of the humerus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A machine formerly employed for reducing dislocations of the humerus.
  • n. A term applied to any one of the three canals of the cochlea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, an instrument for reducing dislocations.
  • n. Pl. scalæ (-lē). In zoology and anatomy, one of three cavities of the cochlea, in man and other mammals winding spirally around the modiolus or columella of the ear, as a spiral staircase winds around the newel: in lower vertebrates much simplified.
  • n. [capitalized] In conchology, an old generic name of wentletraps: same as Scalaria.

Etymologies

From Latin scāla ("ladder") (Wiktionary)

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