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otic capsule

 

Definition: the cartilage capsule surrounding the internal ear mechanism; in elasmobranchs, it remains cartilaginous in the adult; in the embryos of higher vertebrates, it is cartilaginous at first but later becomes bony (at approximately 23 weeks in humans).

Synonym(s): auditory capsule

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