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utricle

[yoo-tri-kuh l]
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  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).
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Origin of utricle

1725–35; < Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter bag; see -cle1
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utricle

utriculus (juːˈtrɪkjʊləs)

noun plural utricles or utriculi (juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
  1. anatomy the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal earCompare saccule
  2. botany the bladder-like one-seeded indehiscent fruit of certain plants, esp sedges
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Derived Formsutricular or utriculate, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag
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