What does semicircular canal mean?

Definitions for semicircular canal
semi·cir·cu·lar canal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word semicircular canal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. semicircular canalnoun

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


  1. Semicircular canal

    A semicircular canal is one of three semicircular, interconnected tubes located inside each ear. The three canals are: ⁕the horizontal semicircular canal, ⁕superior semicircular canal, ⁕and the posterior semicircular canal. The semicircular ducts provide sensory input for experiences of rotary movements. They are oriented along the pitch, roll, and yaw axes. The anterior and posterior semicircular ducts are oriented vertically at right angles to each other. The lateral semicircular duct is about 30-degree angle from the horizontal plane. The orientations of the ducts cause a different duct to be stimulated by rotation of the head in different planes. Thus, the horizontal canal detects horizontal head movements, while the superior and posterior canals detect vertical head movements. The semicircular canals are a component of the bony labyrinth. Among species of mammals, the size of the semicircular canals is correlated with their type of locomotion. Specifically, species that are agile and have fast, jerky locomotion have larger canals relative to their body size than those that move more cautiously.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce semicircular canal?

How to say semicircular canal in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of semicircular canal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of semicircular canal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9


Find a translation for the semicircular canal definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these semicircular canal definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "semicircular canal." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 4 Oct. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/semicircular+canal>.

    Are we missing a good definition for semicircular canal? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of

    semicircular canal

    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    a natural talent
    • A. recital
    • B. flair
    • C. snap
    • D. sheath

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for semicircular canal: