/yooh"tri keuhl/, n.
1. a small sac or baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
2. Bot. a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel.
3. Anat. the larger of two sacs in the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear. Cf. saccule (def. 1).
[1725-35; < L utriculus, dim. of uter bag; see -CLE1]

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