The soft lower part of the external ear, projecting below the antitragus. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear_lobe ]
Synonyms: ear lobe lobule of auricle of ear earlobe auricular lobule pinna lobule lobulus auriculae lobe of ear
- UMLS:C0229315 (ncithesaurus:Lobule_of_the_Auricle)
lobule of auricle
The earlobe is composed of tough areolar and adipose (fatty) connective tissues, lacking the firmness and elasticity of the rest of the pinna. Since the earlobe does not contain cartilage the earlobe has a large blood supply and may help to warm the ears and maintain balance but generally earlobes are not considered to have any major biological function.