Complex labyrinthine structure that comprises sensory endorgans specialized for vestibular, auditory, and acoustico-vestibular sensation. [ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16217737 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_ear http://zfin.org/curator ]

Synonyms: inner ear

This is just here as a test because I lose it

Term information

database cross reference
Subsets

uberon_slim, efo_slim, pheno_slim, vertebrate_core

depicted by

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Gray923.png

external definition

The auditory (hearing) and vestibular (balance) organ of the fish, equivalent to the inner ear of amniotes. (See Anatomical Atlas entry for ear by T. Whitfield.)[TAO]

has related synonym

auris interna
otocyst
labyrinth

homology notes

The labyrinth, or inner ear, evolved very early in vertebrate history and, with many variations in configuration but none of basic design and function, has been retained by all vertebrates.[well established][VHOG]

id

UBERON:0001846