the inner portion of the ear, involved in hearing and balance, consisting of a bony labyrinth that is composed of a vestibule, semicircular canals, and a cochlea and that encloses a membranous labyrinth.
Compare 1 (def 1).
the part of the ear that consists of the cochlea, vestibule, and semicircular canals Also called inner ear, labyrinth
internal ear n.
See inner ear.
- Internal elastic lamina
internal elastic lamina n. A fenestrated layer of elastic tissue that is the outermost part of the intima of an artery. Also called internal elastic layer.
noun, Thermodynamics. 1. a function of thermodynamic variables, as temperature, that represents the internal state of a system that is due to the energies of the molecular constituents of the system. The change in internal energy during a process is equal to the net heat entering the system minus the net work done by the […]
noun 1. a state of comparative isolation imposed upon certain political dissidents within the former Soviet Union, in which the subject was forced to live in a remote and often unfamiliar place and in which freedom of movement and personal contact with family, friends, and associates were severely restricted.
- Internal field separators
operating system ($IFS) A predefined environment variable in the Unix Bourne shell whose default value is the three-character string containing space, tab and line feed. Any string of one or more of these characters separates the command and each of its arguments in a command line. $IFS also tells the shell’s built-in read command where […]