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  • n. Plural form of otoconium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of otoconium.


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  • The body normally maintains balance via an area in the inner ear that uses sensitive hairs to detect the movement of minuscule stones called otoconia, which shift as your body changes position.

    Q&A: What are ear-canal stones?

  • When you go inside the inner ear here, you have an area called the otoconia, which see over here.

    CNN Transcript Jun 13, 2009

  • Two small rounded bodies termed otoconia, each consisting of a mass of minute crystalline grains of carbonate of lime, held together in a mesh of gelatinous tissue, are suspended in the endolymph in contact wish the free ends of the hairs projecting from the maculæ.

    X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1d. 4. The Internal Ear or Labyrinth

  • When you experience vertigo, the displaced otoconia essentially confuses things in the canals and kind of makes you feel dizzy.

    CNN Transcript Jun 13, 2009

  • You may not have marbles for brains, but your ears are filled with rocks — tiny calcium carbonate crystals called otoconia.

    Three Smart Things You Should Know About the Senses

  • A cat can right itself when falling and land on its foot, e\en though it was dropped feet up - It does this L\ automatically altering the position of its head into the upright, being guided by the position of its otoconia.

    The Human Brain

  • The material within, if present in relatively large particles, is called otoltths ( "earstone" G), and if present in fine particles is called otoconia (oh'toh-koh'nee-uh; "ear-dust" G).

    The Human Brain

  • The roaming otoconia can change the sense of movement, causing a difference between actual head movement and the message being sent to the brain by the inner ear.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • In relation to the ear a common reason of dizziness is due to a miss placed otoconia, which would give you the feeling of vertigo.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]


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