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otoconia


otoconia

noun pl oto·co·nia \-ˈkō-nē-ə\

Definition of OTOCONIA

:  small crystals of calcium carbonate in the saccule and utricle of the ear that under the influence of acceleration in a straight line cause stimulation of the hair cells by their movement relative to the gelatinous supporting substrate containing the embedded cilia of the hair cells—called also statoconia
March 05, 2015
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