ossicle : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  a small bone; especially one in the middle ear

  • If the donor's ossicles are used as well, they are connected to the patient's remaining ear bones so that sound vibrations can be conducted unimpeded to the inner ear.
  • In normal hearing, airborne sound waves enter the outer ear, set up vibrations in the ossicles ("hammer, anvil stirrup") of the middle ear.
  • Sound vibrations are transmitted by the eardrum and ossicle bones to the inner ear, a bony and membranous structure lined with tiny hairs that connect to the brain's auditory .

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