Vestibular system
A system in the body that is responsible for maintaining balance, posture, and the body's orientation in space. This system also regulates locomotion and other movements and keeps objects in visual focus as the body moves. The vestibular system is comprised of the vestibular apparatus itself, the vestibulocochlear nerve, and those parts of the brain that interpret and respond to information derived from these structures.

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vestibular system n the vestibule of the inner ear together with the end organs and nerve fibers that function in mediating the labyrinthine sense called also vestibular apparatus

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the bodily structures connected with receiving and processing sensations of the sense of equilibrium; they include the vestibular labyrinths, the sensory pathways of the vestibular nerves, and the vestibular nuclei.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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