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Of, pertaining to, or near the ear

Common clues: Of the ear; Ear-related; Auricular; Auditory; Pertaining to the ear; Hearing related; Aural; Eary?; Of hearing

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An ear is an organ used by an animal to detect sound. The term may refer to the entire system responsible for collection and early processing of sound (the beginning of the auditory system), or merely the externally-visible part. Not all animals have ears in the same part of the body.

Mammals, including humans, have two ears, one on each side of the head.

The outer ear is the external portion of the ear. The visible part is called the pinna, or auricle, and functions to collect and focus sound waves. Many mammals can move the pinna in order to focus their hearing in a certain direction, in much the same way that they can turn their eyes. Humans have generally lost this ability. From the pinna, the sound pressure waves move into the ear canal, a simple tube running to the middle ear. This tube amplifies frequencies in the range 3 kHz to 12 kHz.

The middle ear includes the eardrum (tympanum or tympanic membrane) and the ossicles, three tiny bones of the middle ear. Their Latin names are the malleus, incus, and stapes, but they are also referred to by their English translations: the hammer, anvil, and stirrup respectively.

The middle ear is hollow. If the animal moves to a high-altitude environment, or dives into the water, there will be a pressure difference between the middle ear and the outside environment. This pressure will pose a risk of bursting or otherwise damaging the tympanum if it is not relieved. This is one of the functions of the Eustachian tubes - evolutionary descendants of the gills - which connect the middle ear to the nasopharynx. The Eustachian tubes are normally pinched off at the nose end, to prevent being clogged with phlegm, but they may be opened by lowering and protruding the jaw; this is why yawning helps relieve the pressure felt in the ears when on board an aircraft.

The inner ear comprises both the organ of hearing (the cochlea) and the labyrinth or vestibular apparatus, the organ of balance located in the inner ear that consists of three semicircular canals and the vestibule.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ear".

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29 Tu+ >1 06 Ear-related

27 We- >1 06 Auricular

12 We+ >1 03 Auditory

9 We- >1 07 Suffix with psych- OSIS

8 Tu >1 09 Psych final? OSIS

5 We LAT 03 Ending for psych

4 Tu >1 08 Pertaining to the ear

3 We+ >1 08 Hearing-related

3 Th+ LAT 08 Psych ending OSIS

3 Th+ NYT 06 Suffix with neur-

2 Tu- >1 98 Relating to the ear

2 Tu >1 84 Of hearing

2 We- NYT 08 Suffix with hypn-

2 We >1 09 Suffix with narc

2 Th- >1 07 Connected to the ear

2 Th Rea 08 Psych finish OSIS

2 Th LAT 02 Narc chaser? OSIS

2 Th Rea 00 Eary?

2 Fr- LAT 05 Narc ending

2 Fr- >1 87 Aural

1 Mo LAT 96 Of the ears

1 Mo LAT 96 On the ear: comb. form

1 Tu NYT 97 Suffix with psych- or neur-

1 We LAT 08 Psych suffix OSIS