auricle


auricle
auricled, adj.
/awr"i keuhl/, n.
1. Anat.
a. the projecting outer portion of the ear; pinna.
b. Also called auricular appendage. an ear-shaped appendage projecting from each atrium of the heart.
c. (loosely) the atrium.
2. Bot., Zool. a part like or likened to an ear.
[1645-55; < L auricula the (external) ear, ear lobe. See AURI-2, -CLE1]

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ear
also called  Pinna,  

      in human anatomy, the visible portion of the external ear, and the point of difference between the human ear and that of other mammals. The auricle in humans is almost rudimentary and generally immobile and lies close to the side of the head. It is composed of a thin plate of yellow fibrocartilage covered by a tight-fitting skin. The external ear cartilage is molded into shape and has well-defined hollows, furrows, and ridges that form an irregular shallow funnel. The deepest depression in the auricle, called the concha, leads to the external auditory canal or meatus. The one portion of the auricle that has no cartilage is the lobule—the fleshy lower part of the auricle. The auricle has several small basic muscles that connect it to the skull and scalp. Generally nonfunctional in human beings, they are capable of limited movement in some people.

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