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(Physiology) the sensory mechanism in the inner ear that detects movement of the head and helps to control balance
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The part of the inner ear dealing with balance. It includes two sacs (saccule and utricle) containing gravity-sensitive otoliths, and three fluid-filled semicircular ducts which register movement.
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|Noun||1.||vestibular system - organs mediating the labyrinthine sense; concerned with equilibrium|
ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
semicircular canal - one of three tube loops filled with fluid and in planes nearly at right angles with one another; concerned with equilibrium
sensory system - the body's system of sense organs
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