statocyst

noun

stato·​cyst ˈsta-tə-ˌsist How to pronounce statocyst (audio)
: an organ of equilibrium found in usually aquatic invertebrates that is typically a fluid-filled vesicle lined with sensory hairs which detect the position of suspended statoliths

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First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of statocyst was in 1892

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“Statocyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statocyst. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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