sac·​cule | \ˈsa-(ˌ)kyül \

Definition of saccule 

: a little sac specifically : the smaller chamber of the membranous labyrinth of the ear

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In those individuals, Balaban says, further tests implicated damage to the ear's otolith organs, the utricle and the saccule, key to sensing gravity. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of saccule

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saccule

New Latin sacculus, from Latin, diminutive of saccus bag — more at sack

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sac·​cule | \ˈsak-(ˌ)yü(ə)l \

Medical Definition of saccule 

: a little sac specifically : the smaller chamber of the membranous labyrinth of the ear that contains the macula sacculi

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