[ yoo-tri-kuhl ]
/ ˈyu trɪ kəl /
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a small sac or baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
Botany. a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel.
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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British Dictionary definitions for utricle


utriculus (juːˈtrɪkjʊləs)

/ (ˈjuːtrɪkəl) /

noun plural utricles or utriculi (juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)

anatomy the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal earCompare saccule
botany the bladder-like one-seeded indehiscent fruit of certain plants, esp sedges
utricular or utriculate, adjective
C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag
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Medical definitions for utricle (1 of 2)

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A membranous sac contained within the labyrinth of the inner ear and connected with the semicircular canals.

Medical definitions for utricle (2 of 2)

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A small vestigial blind pouch of the prostate gland; the prostatic utricle.
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