a small sac, vesicle, or baglike part; specif.,
- Anat. the larger of the two saclike cavities in the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear, communicating with the semicircular canals
- Bot. a small, one-celled, usually indehiscent fruit with a thin, membranous wall and one or several seeds
Origin of utricle; from French or L: French utricule ; from Classical Latin utriculus, little bag or bottle, diminutive of uter, leather bag, wineskin, probably via Etruscan ; from Classical Greek hydria, water bag, jug ; from hydor, water
Any of various bladderlike structures in a plant or animal, especially:
a. A membranous sac contained within the labyrinth of the inner ear and connected with the semicircular canals.
b. A small bladderlike one-seeded indehiscent fruit, as in an amaranth plant.
Origin of utricleLatin utriculus, small leather bottle, diminutive of uter, utr-, leather bottle, possibly from Greek hudria, water vessel, from hud&omacron;r, water; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.
A small vestigial blind pouch of the prostate gland.
Origin of utricleLatin utriculus, a sac (in the body), diminutive of uterus, uterus.