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a gelatinous membrane supported by the stereocilia of the hair cells of the maculae of the saccule and utriculus of the inner ear; adhering to the surface are numerous crystalline particles called otoliths (statoconia).
A layer of gelatinous substance containing otoconia or otoliths, found on the surface of maculae in the inner ear.
See also: membrane
emanating from or pertaining to otolith.
gelatinous matrix in the labyrinth of the ear; contains otoliths or otoconia.
utricle and saccule; detect the position of the head in a gravitational field.