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otoliths

Pronunciation: o'to-liths, o'to-lit-is

Definition: Crystalline particles of calcium carbonate and a protein adhering to the gelatinous membrane of the maculae of the utricle and saccule.

Synonym(s): statoconiaTA, statoconiumTA, ear crystals, otoconia, statoliths

[oto- + G. lithos, stone]

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