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otolith

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noun oto·lith \ˈō-tə-ˌlith\

Definition of otolith

  1. :  a calcareous concretion in the inner ear of a vertebrate or in the otocyst of an invertebrate

oto·lith·ic play \ˌō-tə-ˈli-thik\ adjective


Origin of otolith

French otolithe, from ot- + -lithe -lith


First Known Use: circa 1836


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otolith

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noun oto·lith \ˈōt-əl-ˌith\

Medical Definition of otolith

  1. :  a calcareous concretion in the inner ear of a vertebrate or in the otocyst of an invertebrate that is especially conspicuous in many bony fishes where it forms a hard body and in most of the higher vertebrates where it is represented by a mass of small calcareous otoconia—called also statolith

  2. oto·lith·ic \ˌōt-əl-ˈith-ik\play adjective




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