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helicotrema

Pronunciation: hel'i-ko-tre'ma

Definition: A semilunar opening at the apex of the cochlea through which the scala vestibuli and the scala tympani of the cochlea communicate with one another.

Synonym(s): Breschet hiatus, Scarpa hiatus

[G. helix, a spiral, + trema, a hole]

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