Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to hearing, to the sense of hearing, or to the organs of hearing.
perceived through or resulting from the sense of hearing:
auditory hallucinations.
an assembly of hearers; audience.
an auditorium, especially the nave of a church.
of or relating to hearing, the sense of hearing, or the organs of hearing
an archaic word for audience, auditorium

1570s, from Latin auditorius “pertaining to hearing,” from auditor “hearer” (see auditor).

auditory au·di·to·ry (ô’dĭ-tôr’ē)
Of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing.
Relating to or involving the organs or sense of hearing.


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