[mez-uh-thee-lee-uhm, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
noun, plural mesothelia [mez-uh-thee-lee-uh, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] . Anatomy, Embryology.
epithelium of mesodermal origin, which lines the body cavities.

1885–90; meso- + (epi)thelium

mesothelial, adjective Unabridged
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mesothelium (ˌmɛsəʊˈθiːlɪəm)
n , pl -liums, -lia
epithelium, derived from embryonic mesoderm lining body cavities
[from New Latin, from meso- + (epi)thelium]

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mesothelium mes·o·the·li·um (měz'ə-thē'lē-əm, měs'-)
n. pl. mes·o·the·li·a (-lē-ə)
The layer of flat cells of mesodermal origin that lines the embryonic body cavity and gives rise to the squamous cells of the peritoneum, pericardium, and pleura.

mes'o·the'li·al adj.
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mesothelium   (měz'ə-thē'lē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural mesothelia
A layer of flattened epithelial cells that lines the membranes of closed body cavities, including the pericardium, pleurae, and peritoneum. Compare endothelium.
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