Origin of otocyst

First recorded in 1875–80; oto- + -cyst
Related formso·to·cys·tic [oh-tuh-sis-tik] /ˌoʊ təˈsɪs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for otocyst


  1. another name for statocyst
  2. the embryonic structure in vertebrates that develops into the inner ear in the adult
Derived Formsotocystic, adjective
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otocyst in Medicine


  1. The structure formed by invagination of the embryonic ectodermal tissue that develops into the inner ear.
Related formso′to•cystic adj.
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