Medical Definition of Labyrinth

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Labyrinth: The maze of canals in the inner ear. The delicate membranous canals of the labyrinth are enclosed and protected by a bony chamber that is referred to as the bony labyrinth. The labyrinth is the portion of the ear that is responsible for sensing balance.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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