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1A structure resembling an ear or ear lobe:‘grass leaves often have two auricles at the junction between the leaf sheath and the blade’
- ‘The auricles are small, clearly separated from the anterior and posterior margins of the shell and are found in the plane of the closing of the valves.’
- ‘The new species differs from it in being narrower and higher at a comparable growth stage and in having less oblique auricles.’
- 1.1 The external part or pinna of the ear.
compartment, cavity, hollow, pocket, cellView synonyms
- ‘We have argued that local authorities should make it a requirement for those performing high ear piercing to warn their customers of the possibility of abscess formation and the resulting permanent deformity of the auricle.’
- ‘Outside the cranial cavity, the auricle and the semispinalis capitis muscle are seen.’
- ‘Within head injuries auricles were mainly bruised.’
- ‘The long term cosmetic problems arise from resultant destruction of cartilage that forms the skeleton of the auricle.’
- ‘Radiographic examination revealed opacities consistent with bony structure in the auricles of the ears, with the right more prominent than the left.’
- ‘An indentation situated in front of the auricle of the ear.’
- ‘Inflammation or infection of external auditory canal and auricle.’
2‘blood passes downward from the auricle to the ventricle’another term for atrium (of the heart)
- ‘This involves inserting a device within a catheter into the interior of the heart and which spreads out like an umbrella inside the right and left auricle.’
- ‘The heart appears to be the most primitive of all adult vertebrates, with the auricle, ventricle and conus arteriosus arranged in straight line, rather than being doubled over one another.’
- 2.1 A small muscular flap on the surface of each atrium of the heart.
- ‘It has a real beating heart with all its auricles, ventricles and valves in their anatomically correct positions.’
Late Middle English: from Latin auricula external part of the ear, diminutive of auris ear.
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