somite

somite

[soh-mahyt]
noun
1.
any of the longitudinal series of segments or parts into which the body of certain animals is divided; a metamere.
2.
Embryology. one member of a series of paired segments into which the thickened dorsal zone of mesoderm is divided.

Origin:
1865–70; som(a)1 + -ite1

somital [soh-mi-tl] , somitic [soh-mit-ik] , adjective
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somite (ˈsəʊmaɪt)
 
n
1.  embryol 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
 
[C19: from Greek sōma a body]
 
somital
 
adj
 
somitic
 
adj

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somite so·mite (sō'mīt')
n.

  1. A segmental mass of mesoderm in the vertebrate embryo, occurring in pairs along the notochord and developing into muscles and vertebrae.

  2. See metamere.

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