crista acustica

crista acus·​ti·​ca | \ -əˈküstə̇kə \
plural cristae acusticae\ -​tə̇ˌkē , -​ˌsē , -​ī \

Definition of crista acustica

1 : one of the areas of specialized sensory epithelium in the ampullae of the semicircular canals of the ear serving as end organs for the labyrinthine sense
2 : an auditory organ on the fore tibia of certain insects (as most grasshoppers)

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History and Etymology for crista acustica

New Latin, literally, acoustic crest

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“Crista acustica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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