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u·tri·cle 1

Any of various bladderlike structures in a plant or animal, especially:
a. A membranous sac contained within the labyrinth of the inner ear and connected with the semicircular canals.
b. A small bladderlike one-seeded indehiscent fruit, as in an amaranth plant.

[Latin utriculus, small leather bottle, diminutive of uter, utr-, leather bottle, possibly from Greek hudriā, water vessel, from hudōr, water; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

u·tri·cle 2

A small vestigial blind pouch of the prostate gland.

[Latin utriculus, a sac (in the body), diminutive of uterus, uterus.]


(ˈjuːtrɪkəl) or


n, pl utricles or utriculi (juːˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy the larger of the two parts of the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear. Compare saccule
2. (Botany) botany the bladder-like one-seeded indehiscent fruit of certain plants, esp sedges
[C18: from Latin ūtriculus diminutive of ūter bag]
uˈtricular, uˈtriculate adj


(ˈyu trɪ kəl)

1. a small baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
2. a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel of a plant.
3. the larger of two sacs in the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear, adjoining the semicircular canals.
[1725–35; < Latin utriculus, diminutive of uter bag; see -cle1]
u•tric′u•lar (-yə lər) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.utricle - a small pouch into which the semicircular canals openutricle - a small pouch into which the semicircular canals open
membranous labyrinth - the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth
pouch, pocket - (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)


[ˈjuːtrɪkl] Nutrículo m


n (Bot) → Fangbläschen nt, → Schlauch m, → Utrikel m (spec); (Anat) → Utriculus m (spec)
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The otolith organs, which consist of the utricle and saccule, are sensitive to linear accelerations.
Prostatic utricle cysts are embryological remnants of the Mullerian duct, with prevalence rates as high as 4% and 1% in newborns and adults, respectively.
The cochlea, saccule, and posterior canal are supplied by the common cochlear artery, while the utricle and anterior and horizontal canals are supplied by the anterior vestibular artery.
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The term BPPV relates to otoconia (microscopic calcium carbonate crystals) that are normally present in the utricle of the inner ear being displaced into the semi-circular canals (Barany 1921).
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In the adult human inner ear, the pattern of p27Kip1 expression was restricted to the nuclei of supporting cells in the organ of Corti, the sensory organ that controls hearing, and the utricle and cristae, two sensory organs that control balance.
More recent best practices have also incorporated the computerized dynamic visual acuity test [63,65] and the subjective visual vertical test during off-axis rotation as a test of utricle function [66] in the blast-injured population.
The vestibular organ is responsible for the balance and consists of the saccule, the utricle, and three semicircular canals (3).
The vestibular system of each inner ear (semicircular canals, utricle and saccule) controls rotatory movements and orientation in, to and fro, up and down, and angular movements.
This finding supports the premise that estrogen deficiency may contribute to the development of BPV by weakening the bond of otoconia to the utricle, they wrote.
These structures, including the bilateral semicircular ducts and the utricle, are responsible for equilibrium awareness, and they're sensitive to inner ear infections, which may lead to dizziness/vertigo.