One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural scalae vestibuliAnatomy
The upper bony passage of the cochlea.
- ‘Vibrations of the oval window are transmitted to the perilymph in the scala vestibuli and across the vestibular membrane to the endolymph of the cochlear duct.’
- ‘Since it is confluent with the perilymph around the rest of the vestibular apparatus, this compartment is called the scala vestibuli.’
Early 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘ladder of the vestibule’.
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