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statocyst

[stat-uh-sist] /ˈstæt əˌsɪst/
noun, Zoology
1.
(in certain invertebrates) a sense organ consisting of a sac enclosing sensory hairs and particles of sand, lime, etc., that functions in maintaining equilibrium, serving to indicate position in space.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; stato- (see statoblast) + -cyst
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  • The animals that were killed immediately after exposure showed signs of damage to their statocyst tissue.
British Dictionary definitions for statocyst

statocyst

/ˈstætəʊsɪst/
noun
1.
an organ of balance in some invertebrates, such as crustaceans, that consists of a sensory vesicle containing small granules See statolith
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