otoliths

otolith

[oht-l-ith]
noun
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a calcareous concretion in the internal ear of vertebrates.
2.
statolith ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1825–35; oto- + -lith

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otolith (ˈəʊtəʊˌlɪθ)
 
n
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
 
oto'lithic
 
adj

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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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