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n. pl. mo·di·o·li (-lī′)
The central, conical, bony core of the cochlea.

[Latin, socket, hub, diminutive of modius, a measure of grain, measuring vessel; see med- in Indo-European roots.]


(məʊˈdaɪəʊləs; mə-)
n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Anatomy) the central bony pillar of the cochlea
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: hub of a wheel, from modus a measure]
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Noun1.modiolus - the central conical bony pillar of the cochleamodiolus - the central conical bony pillar of the cochlea
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
cochlea - the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti