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somite

[soh-mahyt] /ˈsoʊ maɪt/
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
1865-1870
1865-70; som(a)1 + -ite1
Related forms
somital
[soh-mi-tl] /ˈsoʊ mɪ tl/ (Show IPA),
somitic
[soh-mit-ik] /soʊˈmɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for somitic

somite

/ˈsəʊmaɪt/
noun
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
Derived Forms
somital (ˈsəʊmɪtəl), somitic (səʊˈmɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek sōma a body
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somitic in Medicine

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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