utricle


utri·cle

noun \ˈyü-tri-kəl\

Definition of UTRICLE

:  any of various small pouches or saccate parts of an animal or plant: as
a :  the part of the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear into which the semicircular canals open
b :  a small usually indehiscent one-seeded fruit with thin membranous pericarp
utric·u·lar \y-ˈtri-kyə-lər\ adjective

Origin of UTRICLE

Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter leather bag
First Known Use: 1731

utri·cle

noun \ˈyü-tri-kəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of UTRICLE

: a small anatomical pouch: as a : the part of the membranous labyrinth of the ear into which the semicircular canals open—called also utriculus b : prostatic utricle
utric·u·lar \y-ˈtrik-yə-lər\ adjective

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