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[yoo-tri-kuh l] /ˈyu trɪ kəl/
a small sac or baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
Botany. a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel.
Anatomy. the larger of two sacs in the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear.
Compare saccule (def 1).
Origin of utricle
1725-35; < Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter bag; see -cle1 Unabridged
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for utricle


noun (pl) utricles, utriculi (juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
(anatomy) the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear Compare saccule
(botany) the bladder-like one-seeded indehiscent fruit of certain plants, esp sedges
Derived Forms
utricular, utriculate, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag
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utricle in Medicine

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

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

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