|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]|
somite so·mite (sō'mīt')
A segmental mass of mesoderm in the vertebrate embryo, occurring in pairs along the notochord and developing into muscles and vertebrae.