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otolith

[oht-l-ith] /ˈoʊt l ɪθ/
noun
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a calcareous concretion in the internal ear of vertebrates.
2.
statolith (def 1).
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; oto- + -lith
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  • Counts of annuli in otolith thin sections have been used to age many species of fish, including red snapper.
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otolith

/ˈəʊtəʊˌlɪθ/
noun
1.
any of the granules of calcium carbonate in the inner ear of vertebrates. Movement of otoliths, caused by a change in position of the animal, stimulates sensory hair cells, which convey the information to the brain
2.
another name for statolith (sense 1)
Derived Forms
otolithic, adjective
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otolith in Medicine

otolith o·to·lith (ō'tə-lĭth')
n.

  1. Any of numerous minute calcareous particles found in the inner ear of certain lower vertebrates and in the statocysts of many invertebrates.

  2. See otosteon.


o'to·lith'ic adj.
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