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LABYRINTH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does labyrinth mean? 

LABYRINTH (noun)
  The noun LABYRINTH has 2 senses:

1. complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
2. a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium

  Familiarity information: LABYRINTH used as a noun is rare.


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LABYRINTH (noun)


Sense 1labyrinth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

labyrinth; maze

Hypernyms ("labyrinth" is a kind of...):

system (instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity)

Instance hyponyms:

Labyrinth of Minos (a vast labyrinth built in Crete by Daedalus at the command of Minos in order to contain the Minotaur)


Sense 2labyrinth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

inner ear; internal ear; labyrinth

Hypernyms ("labyrinth" is a kind of...):

receptor; sense organ; sensory receptor (an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation)

Meronyms (parts of "labyrinth"):

artery of the labyrinth; internal auditory artery; labyrinthine artery (a branch of the basilar artery that supplies the labyrinth)

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)

semicircular canal (one of three tube loops filled with fluid and in planes nearly at right angles with one another; concerned with equilibrium)

perilymph (the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear)

endolymph (the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear)

bony labyrinth; osseous labyrinth (cavity in the petrous part of the temporal bone that contains the membranous labyrinth)

membranous labyrinth (the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth)

neuroepithelium (epithelium associated with special sense organs and containing sensory nerve endings)

internal auditory vein; labyrinthine vein (veins that drain the inner ear)

Holonyms ("labyrinth" is a part of...):

auditory apparatus (all of the components of the organ of hearing including the outer and middle and inner ears)


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