utricle

noun

utri·​cle ˈyü-tri-kəl How to pronounce utricle (audio)
: 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
utricular adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 20 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter leather bag

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of utricle was in 1731

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Cite this Entry

“Utricle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utricle. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

utricle

noun

utri·​cle ˈyü-tri-kəl How to pronounce utricle (audio)
: 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

utricular adjective

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