otolithic organs


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otolithic organs

the utricle and saccule of the inner ear that possess otoliths and respond to linear acceleration and deceleration, including gravity.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

o·to·lith·ic or·gans

(ō'to-lith'ik ōr'gănz)
The utricle and saccule of the inner ear that possess otoliths and respond to linear acceleration and deceleration, including gravity.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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These are called the otolithic organs and are responsible for detecting linear acceleration, or movement in a straight line.
Rogers proposes that a goldfish's otolithic organs act somewhat like accelerometers, which provide information about a body's velocity in various directions.
Following absorption of the drops through the round window membrane, gentamicin has to travel from the basal turn of the cochlea and through all its turns before it reaches the neuroepithelium of the otolithic organs and the semicircular canals in the vestibule where it does its damage.