- 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).
Origin of utricle
1725–35; < Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter bag; see -cle1
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Related Wordskernel, germ, egg, unit, bacterium, stone, achene, caryopsis, utricle, embryo, microorganism, spore, vacuole, corpuscle, follicle, blister, cavity, bladder, cell, cyst
Examples from the Web for utricle
In animal cells the former is wanting, the membrane representing the utricle.Was Man Created?
Henry A. Mott
Utricle (pyxis) of Amaranth, opening all round (circumscissile).The Elements of Botany
The base of the stapes communicates 723 pressures to the utricle.
Pressure of the base of the stapes is exerted on the utricle.
A simple primordial cell or utricle, the most simply organized being, whether animal or vegetable matters little.
- 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
C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag
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