[ yoo-tri-kuhl ]
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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.

  1. 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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utriculus (juːˈtrɪkjʊləs)

/ (ˈjuːtrɪkəl) /

nounplural utricles or utriculi (juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
  1. anatomy the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear: Compare saccule

  2. botany the bladder-like one-seeded indehiscent fruit of certain plants, esp sedges

Origin of utricle

C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag

Derived forms of utricle

  • utricular or utriculate, adjective

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