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somite (ˈsəʊmaɪt Pronunciation for somite

Definitions

noun

  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 Pronunciation for somital , somitic (səʊˈmɪtɪk Pronunciation for somitic  adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek sōma a body

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