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somite (ˈsəʊmaɪt



  1. (embryology) any of a series of dorsal paired segments of mesoderm occurring along the notochord in vertebrate embryos. It develops into muscle and bone in the adult animal
  2. (zoology) another name for metamere

Derived Forms

somital (ˈsəʊmɪtəl , or somitic (səʊˈmɪtɪk   adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek sōma a body


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