[ stat-l-ith ]
/ ˈstæt l ɪθ /


Zoology. any of the granules of lime, sand, etc., contained within a statocyst.
Botany. an inclusion, as a starch grain, that by a change in position within the cells of an organ or part is assumed to cause a corresponding change in position of the organ or part.

Origin of statolith

1895–1900; stato- (see statoblast) + -lith
Related formsstat·o·lith·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for statolith


/ (ˈstætəʊlɪθ) /


Also called: otolith any of the granules of calcium carbonate occurring in a statocyst: movement of statoliths, caused by a change in position of the animal, stimulates hair cells, which convey the information to the brain by nerve fibres
any of various movable inclusions, such as starch grains, that occur in plant cells and are thought to function in geotropic responses

Derived Formsstatolithic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for statolith


[ stătl-ĭth′ ]


A small, movable concretion of calcium carbonate found in statocysts; an otolith.

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