Medical Dictionary

otoconia

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noun plural oto·co·nia \-ˈkō-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of otoconia

  1. :  small crystals of calcium carbonate in the saccule and utricle of the ear that under the influence of acceleration in a straight line cause stimulation of the hair cells by their movement relative to the gelatinous supporting substrate containing the embedded cilia of the hair cells—called also statoconia


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