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

Synonyms: inner ear

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Term information

database cross reference

uberon_slim, efo_slim, pheno_slim, vertebrate_core

depicted by


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


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]