statocyst

[stat-uh-sist]

noun Zoology.

(in certain invertebrates) a sense organ consisting of a sac enclosing sensory hairs and particles of sand, lime, etc., that functions in maintaining equilibrium, serving to indicate position in space.

Nearby words

  1. statler,
  2. stato-,
  3. statoacoustic,
  4. statoblast,
  5. statoconium,
  6. statohm,
  7. statokinetic reflex,
  8. statolatry,
  9. statolith,
  10. stator

Origin of statocyst

1900–05; stato- (see statoblast) + -cyst

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British Dictionary definitions for statocyst

statocyst

noun

an organ of balance in some invertebrates, such as crustaceans, that consists of a sensory vesicle containing small granulesSee statolith
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