Definition of crista acustica
cristae acusticae\-tə̇ˌkē, -ˌsē, -ī\
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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Origin and Etymology of crista acustica
New Latin, literally, acoustic crest
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