utricle

[yoo-tri-kuhl]
noun
1.
a small sac or baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
2.
Botany. a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel.
3.
Anatomy. the larger of two sacs in the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear. Compare saccule ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1725–35; < Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter bag; see -cle1

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utricle or utriculus (ˈjuːtrɪkəl, juːˈtrɪkjʊləs)
 
n , pl utricles, utriculi
1.  anatomy Compare saccule the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear
2.  botany the bladder-like one-seeded indehiscent fruit of certain plants, esp sedges
 
[C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag]
 
utriculus or utriculus (ˈjuːtrɪkəl, juːˈtrɪkjʊləs, juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag]
 
u'tricular or utriculus
 
adj
 
u'triculate or utriculus
 
adj

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utricle u·tri·cle1 (yōō'trĭ-kəl)
n.
A membranous sac contained within the labyrinth of the inner ear and connected with the semicircular canals.

utricle 2
n.
A small vestigial blind pouch of the prostate gland; the prostatic utricle.

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At maturity each flower produces a tiny round fruit called a utricle.
A utricle is like an achene, but it has a compound ovary, rather than a simple one.
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