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{adj: labyrinthine, labyrinthian, mazy} resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity
"a labyrinthine network of tortuous footpaths"

{n: Ariadne} beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth

{n: Daedalus, Daedal} (Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus

{n: Labyrinth of Minos} a vast labyrinth built in Crete by Daedalus at the command of Minos in order to contain the Minotaur

{n: Minos} son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld

{n: bony labyrinth, osseous labyrinth} cavity in the petrous part of the temporal bone that contains the membranous labyrinth

{n: endolymph} the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear

{n: inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth} a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium

{n: labyrinthine artery, artery of the labyrinth, internal auditory artery} a branch of the basilar artery that supplies the labyrinth

{n: maze, labyrinth} complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

{n: membranous labyrinth} the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth

{n: otosclerosis} hereditary disorder in which ossification of the labyrinth of the inner ear causes tinnitus and eventual deafness

{n: perilymph} the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear

{n: saccule, sacculus} a small sac or pouch (especially the smaller chamber of the membranous labyrinth)

{n: vestibule of the ear} the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the ear


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