nounpl. u·tric·u·li Biology
- (anatomy) A little sac or bag; a utricle; especially, a part of the membranous labyrinth of the ear.
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Latin, a little womb or matrix, a calycle.
Variant of utricle
- 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