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Definition of "utricle" [u•tri•cle]

  • A membranous sac contained within the labyrinth of the inner ear and connected with the semicircular canals. (noun)
  • Botany A small bladderlike one-seeded indehiscent fruit, as in the amaranth. (noun)
  • A small vestigial blind pouch of the prostate gland. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "utricle" in a sentence
  • "The Dynamic equilibrium detects the linear or straight acceleration are detected by the organs called the utricle and saccule."
  • "Two sacs, called the utricle and saccule, make up the inner ear's vestibule and three fluid-filled loops, known as the semi-circular canals, detect the rotation and tilting movements of the head."
  • "Mr Dixon, to turn the table, took on to ask of Mr Mulligan himself whether his incipient ventripotence, upon which he rallied him, betokened an ovoblastic gestation in the prostatic utricle or male womb or was due, as with the noted physician, Mr Austin"