Definition of statolith in English:

statolith

Syllabification: stat·o·lith
Pronunciation: /ˈstatəˌliTH
 
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noun

Zoology
  • 1A calcareous particle in the statocysts of invertebrates that stimulates sensory receptors in response to gravity, so enabling balance and orientation.
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    • They have these little statoliths or balance organs in the back of their head and we can section those and look under a microscope and have daily rings just like tree rings in a tree stump.
    • The combination of the statocysts and the statolith aids the mussel in maintaining equilibrium by sensing gravity.
    • Thus, a model for gravitropism in stem-like organs is proposed in which F-actin modulates the gravity response by actively participating in statolith repositioning within the endodermal statocytes.
  • 1.1 another term for otolith.

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