otolith defined in 1951 yearotolith - otolith;
otolith - Granule of calcium carbonate in vertebrate inner ear. Several such granules are attached to fine processes of sensitive cells, the latter communicating via nerves with the brain. The pull of gravity on the granules and therefore on the cell-processes registers the position of the animal with respect to gravity. Similar arrangement in some invertebrates. See also: Statoqyst.
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