statocyst

noun
stato·​cyst | \ ˈsta-tə-ˌsist How to pronounce statocyst (audio) \

Definition of statocyst

: 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

First Known Use of statocyst

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Statocyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statocyst. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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