Otic pit

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Otic pit
Section through the head of a human embryo, at the beginning of the fourth week, in the region of the hind-brain.
Latin fovea otica
Precursor auditory plate
Gray's p.1029
Code TE E5.
Anatomical terminology

The auditory pit, also known as the otic pit, is the first rudiment of the internal ear. It appears shortly after that of the eye, in the form of a patch of thickened ectoderm, the auditory plate, over the region of the hind-brain. The auditory plate becomes depressed and converted into the auditory pit (or otic pit[1]).


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ hednk-010—Embryo Images at University of North Carolina