statolith

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From stato- +‎ -lith.

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statolith (plural statoliths)

  1. A specialized form of amyloplast involved in graviperception by plant roots and most invertebrates.
    • 2002, David Randall, Eckert Animal Physiology[1], page 242:
      The statolith is either acquired from the animal's surroundings or secreted by the epithelial cells of the statocyst.
    • 2017, Danna Staaf, Squid Empire, ForeEdge, →ISBN, page 110:
      When the squid (or other cephalopod) accelerates, the statolith is pressed back in its “seat” like a person in a car.

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