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otolith

Syllabification: o·to·lith
Pronunciation: /ˈōdlˌiTH
 
/

Definition of otolith in English:

noun

Zoology
Each of three small oval calcareous bodies in the inner ear of vertebrates, involved in sensing gravity and movement.
Example sentences
  • The macular neuromast organs bear otoliths, as described above.
  • Like the inner ear in humans, the otolith plays a role in hearing and balance.
  • All of the identifiable teeth and otoliths from the samples were identified and depth ranges were assigned to each taxon based on the known depths of living counterparts.

Derivatives

otolithic

1
Pronunciation: /ˌōtlˈiTHik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Equally, head movements made in space, where gravitational acceleration is almost eliminated, will elicit sensations of turning from the canals, which are not matched by the normal otolithic signals.
  • The apical processes of receptor cells in the macula project into a gelatinous mass, the otolithic membrane.

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