One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to the ear or hearing.‘the Catholic doctrine of the necessity of private auricular confession’
- ‘Soft tissue infection is an acceptable, if not expected, complication of piercing, but high ear piercing often results in auricular perichondritis.’
- ‘Failure to do so will constitute evidence that you have not truly heard, or may even be incapable of hearing - a modern auricular disorder that will require immediate professional intervention.’
- ‘Blood was drawn from the central auricular artery.’
- ‘In addition to offering many opportunities for individual auricular confessions, twice or three times a year the parish offered the opportunity for communal services of forgiveness.’
- ‘Any alteration to the facial contour due to a defect of the auricular skeleton usually causes dissatisfaction with one's physical appearance combined with deep psychological damage.’
- ‘Which one of the following antibiotic groups is the best first-line oral therapy for infections associated with piercings of the auricular cartilage?’
- ‘A major omission seems to be the investigation for an auricular origin of the cough, particularly in children.’
- ‘Future research may indicate that patients with severe post auricular pain, dense palsy, or herpes zoster virus do better with higher dose antiviral therapy from the outset.’
- ‘In auricular diagnosis one can identify subtle problems of the body by detecting areas of the ear which are discoloured, flaky, or have tenderness or high skin conductance.’
- ‘[Improvement of blood pressure and left cardiac function in patients with hypertension by auricular acupuncture].’
- ‘Based on our data, auricular acupuncture seems to offer a valuable alternative therapy for female infertility due to hormone disorders.’
- ‘Reconstruction was performed using either sural nerve or great auricular nerve in 8 of 10 patients.’
- ‘The ear is supplied by the greater auricular, lesser occipital, and auriculotemporal nerves, and the mastoid branches of the lesser occipital nerve.’
2Relating to or shaped like an auricle.
- ‘The sconce is decorated with motifs in the auricular style that was popular in the seventeenth century and is exemplified by rippling forms that resemble the human ear.’
- ‘The elaborate silver mounts, however, consisting of two winged putti carry swords and a banner (on top) and grotesque masks, term figures, garlands, and auricular style scrollwork, seem to be the work of a European artist.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin auricularis, from auricula, diminutive of auris ‘ear’.
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