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1. a granule of the statoconia.
2. a solid or semisolid body occurring in the labyrinth of animals.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
One of the small movable calcareous particles in a statocyst.
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- (in plants) a solid inclusion within a cell, such as a starch granule, by means of which the position of the plant in relation to gravity is thought to be perceived.
- (in animals) a granule that stimulates sensory cells in a STATOCYST as the animal moves. see OTOLITH.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005