Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In surgery, an instrument for reducing dislocations.
  • noun 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.
  • noun [capitalized] In conchology, an old generic name of wentletraps: same as Scalaria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Surg.) A machine formerly employed for reducing dislocations of the humerus.
  • noun (Anat.) A term applied to any one of the three canals of the cochlea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin scāla ("ladder")

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.