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 utriclefrom 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 hudriā water vessel from hudōr 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