Definitions for utricleˈyu trɪ kəl
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u•tri•cleˈyu trɪ kəl(n.)
a small baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel of a plant.
the larger of two sacs in the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear, adjoining the semicircular canals.
Origin of utricle:
1725–35; < L utriculus, dim. of uter bag; see -cle1
a small pouch into which the semicircular canals open
One of two otolith organs located in the vertebrate inner ear (the other being the saccule).
The prostatic utricle .
A dry fruit similar to an achene, found in the beet and dock plants.
a little sac or vesicle, as the air cell of fucus, or seaweed
a microscopic cell in the structure of an egg, animal, or plant
a small, thin-walled, one-seeded fruit, as of goosefoot
The utricle, or utriculus, along with the saccule is one of the two otolith organs located in the vertebrate inner ear. The utricle and the saccule are parts of the balancing apparatus located within the vestibule of the bony labyrinth. These use small stones and a viscous fluid to stimulate hair cells to detect motion and orientation.
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