Definition of statolith in English:

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statolith

Pronunciation: /ˈstadəˌliTH/

noun

Zoology
1A calcareous particle in the statocysts of invertebrates that stimulates sensory receptors in response to gravity, so enabling balance and orientation.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: stat·o·lith

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