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utricle

[yoo-tri-kuh l] /ˈyu trɪ kəl/
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
1725-1735
1725-35; < Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter bag; see -cle1
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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

utricle

/ˈjuːtrɪkəl/
noun (pl) utricles, utriculi (juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
1.
(anatomy) the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear Compare saccule
2.
(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)
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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