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Tuesday, January 11

Auricular

[aw-RIK-yə-lər]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid -16th century

1.

Relating to the ear or hearing.

2.

Relating to or shaped like an auricle.

Examples of Auricular in a sentence

"The seashell had a recognizable, auricular shape."

"The plastic surgeon specialized in auricular surgery."

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About Auricular

This word originates from the Medieval Latin “auricularis,” from Latin “auricula,” meaning "ear." It is a diminutive of “auris,” The definition of "pertaining to the ear" is from the 1640s.

Did you Know?

Auricles refer to our ears; specifically in humans, the projecting outer portion of the ear, or the pinna. However, the human heart has an ear-shaped appendage projecting from each atrium called auricular appendages, or auricles. They have thin walls and act as receiving rooms for the blood while the ventricles below act as pumps, moving the blood away from the heart.

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