The origin of eponyms used in cochlear anatomy

Otol Neurotol. 2001 Mar;22(2):258-63. doi: 10.1097/00129492-200103000-00024.


The anatomy of the cochlea, one of the most complicated parts of the inner ear, is associated with numerous eponyms, mostly originating from German anatomists of the 19th century. In addition to the organ of Corti and Reissner's membrane, which are the best known, nine other eponymic anatomic terms are associated with the cochlea: Deiters' cells, Hensen's cells, Hensen's strip, Claudius' cells, Boettscher's cells, Rosenthal's canal, Hardesty's membrane, Huschke's teeth, and Nuel's space. All of these anatomic eponyms are described, with their original references.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Cochlea / anatomy & histology*
  • Eponyms*
  • Germany
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Luxembourg
  • Organ of Corti / anatomy & histology
  • Otolaryngology / history
  • United States