from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to an otolith; otosteal: as, an otolithic concretion.
- Containing otoliths; lithocystic: as, an otolithic capsule or lithocyst. Also
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to otoliths.
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- adjective Of or partaining to an
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"Grossly speaking," writes Burnett, the otolithic organs consist of "a bunch of tiny pebbles (of the white rock known as calcium carbonate) embedded in a gooey wad that sits atop a carpet of delicate hairs."
Graham Burnett wrote a fascinating essay in Cabinet recently about otolithic organs, the pair of sensors in the inner ear that help us stay balanced and maintain inertia.
There are two otolithic organs of the vestible - the utricle and the saccule.