One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural scalae mediaAnatomy
The central duct of the cochlea in the inner ear, containing the sensory cells and separated from the scala tympani and scala vestibuli by membranes.
- ‘However, unlike the present study, measurements in that study were performed with ruptures in Reissner's membrane, which may have produced alterations in the ionic environment in scala media.’
- ‘This ensured that the ionic environment of the scala media was not disturbed by influx of tissue culture medium.’
- ‘Inside the lagena, another membrane runs the length of the scala media.’
Late 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘middle ladder’.
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