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otolith

[ oht-l-ith ]
/ ˈoʊt l ɪθ /
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noun

Anatomy, Zoology. a calcareous concretion in the internal ear of vertebrates.

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Origin of otolith

First recorded in 1825–35; oto- + -lith
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British Dictionary definitions for otolith

otolith
/ (ˈəʊtəʊˌlɪθ) /

noun

any of the granules of calcium carbonate in the inner ear of vertebrates. Movement of otoliths, caused by a change in position of the animal, stimulates sensory hair cells, which convey the information to the brain
another name for statolith (def. 1)

Derived forms of otolith

otolithic, adjective
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Medical definitions for otolith

otolith
[ ōtə-lĭth′ ]

n.

Any of numerous minute calcareous particles found in the inner ear of certain lower vertebrates and in the statocysts of many invertebrates.
otosteon

Other words from otolith

o′to•lithic adj.
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