otocyst

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

oto- +‎ cyst

Noun[edit]

otocyst (plural otocysts)

  1. (invertebrate zoology) An organ involved in balance and orientation.
    • 1898, E. P. Lyon, “The Functions of the Otocyst”, The Journal of Comparative Neurology, volume 8: 
      If the otocysts were removed from these animals, they swam normally and no peculiarities were observed in their behavior.
  2. (vertebrate embryology) The precursor of the inner ear.

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