otolith


oto·lith

noun \ˈō-tə-ˌlith\

Definition of OTOLITH

:  a calcareous concretion in the inner ear of a vertebrate or in the otocyst of an invertebrate
oto·lith·ic \ˌō-tə-ˈli-thik\ adjective

Origin of OTOLITH

French otolithe, from ot- + -lithe -lith
First Known Use: circa 1836

oto·lith

noun \ˈōt-əl-ˌith\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OTOLITH

: 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
oto·lith·ic \ˌōt-əl-ˈith-ik\ adjective

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