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Pronunciation: ep'i-ot'ik, -o'tik

Definition: One of the components of the otic capsule of some vertebrates; in the mammal, the petrosal or petrous temporal bone incorporates the various otic elements seen in lower vertebrates.

[epi- + G. ous, ear]

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