One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The conical central axis of the cochlea of the ear.
- ‘The bulla was opened to expose the cochlea, the bony capsule was removed, and the apical turn of the organ of Corti was dissected from the modiolus.’
- ‘Specifically, we find that the TM is more rigid toward the inner zones where the tissue attaches to the modiolus and generally softest in the neighborhood of the sensory hair cells.’
- ‘The inferolateral boundaries extend downward and medially from the modioli to the mentolabial sulcus.’
- ‘In my third torsion model, I augmented the wooden modiolus with a metal plate of the same circumference.’
Early 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘nave of a wheel’.
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