sclerotome

sclerotome

[skleer-uh-tohm, skler-]
noun
1.
Embryology. the part of a mesodermal somite contributing to the development of the vertebrae and ribs.
2.
Surgery. an instrument for use in performing a sclerotomy.
3.
Zoology. a fibrous partition separating successive myotomes.

Origin:
1855–60; sclero- + -tome

sclerotomic [skleer-uh-tom-ik, skler-] , adjective
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sclerotome scle·ro·tome (sklēr'ə-tōm')
n.

  1. A knife used in sclerotomy.

  2. A group of mesenchymal cells emerging from the ventromedial part of a mesodermic somite and migrating toward the notochord.

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