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One of the small calcareous particles found in the inner ear of many vertebrates, especially fishes, which are involved in determining body orientation and sometimes in perceiving sound.
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1. (Zoology) any of the granules of calcium carbonate in the inner ear of vertebrates. Movement of otoliths, caused by a change in position of the animal, stimulates sensory hair cells, which convey the information to the brain
2. (Zoology) another name for statolith1
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o•to•lith(ˈoʊt l ɪθ)
1. a calcareous concretion in the inner ear of lower vertebrates.
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a stonelike concretion in the inner ear of some vertebrates, as the whale.See also: Stones
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