utri·​cle | \ˈyü-tri-kəl \

Definition of utricle 

: any of various small pouches or saccate parts of an animal or plant: such as

a : the part of the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear into which the semicircular canals open

b : a small usually indehiscent one-seeded fruit with thin membranous pericarp

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Other Words from utricle

utricular \yu̇-​ˈtri-​kyə-​lər \ adjective

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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 utricle

1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for utricle

Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter leather bag

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utri·​cle | \ˈyü-tri-kəl \

Medical Definition of utricle 

: a small anatomical pouch: as

a : the part of the membranous labyrinth of the ear into which the semicircular canals open and that contains the macula utriculi

called also utriculus

b : prostatic utricle

Other Words from utricle

utricular \yu̇-​ˈtrik-​yə-​lər \ adjective

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