Somite



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.
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

somite so·mite (sō’mīt’)
n.

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

See metamere.

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