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labyrinth/o is a combining form that refers to “labyrinth (inner ear)”.

Located inside the inner ear are organs that provide balance and hearing. The bony labyrinth consists of three specialized structures: the vestibule, the semicircular canal, and the cochlea. Its first function is to convert mechanical signals transmitted by the middle ear into electrical signals, which are then relayed on to the auditory pathway in the brain. A second function is to maintain balance by detecting motion and position.