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[suh-mat-uh-ploo r, soh-muh-tuh-] /səˈmæt əˌplʊər, ˈsoʊ mə tə-/
noun, Embryology.
the double layer formed by the association of the upper layer of the lateral plate of mesoderm with the overlying ectoderm, functioning in the formation of the body wall and amnion.
Compare splanchnopleure.
Origin of somatopleure
From the New Latin word somatopleura, dating back to 1870-75. See somato-, pleura
Related forms
somatopleural, somatopleuric, adjective Unabridged
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/ˈsəʊmətəˌplʊə; -ˌplɜː/
a mass of tissue in embryo vertebrates that is formed by fusion of the ectoderm with the outer layer of mesoderm: develops into the amnion, chorion, and part of the body wall
Derived Forms
somatopleural, somatopleuric, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin somatopleura, from somato- + Greek pleura a side
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somatopleure in Medicine

somatopleure so·mat·o·pleure (sō-māt'ə-plur', sō'mə-tə-)
A complex sheet of embryonic cells formed by association of part of the mesoderm with the ectoderm and developing as the internal body wall.

so·mat'o·pleu'ral (-plur'əl) or so·mat'o·pleu'ric (-plur'ĭk) adj.
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