or coe·lome ce·lom
- the body cavity of higher metazoans, between the body wall and intestine, lined with a mesodermal epithelium.
Origin of coelom
1875–80; < Greek koílōma cavity, equivalent to koilō-, variant stem of koiloûn to hollow out (verbal derivative of koîlos hollow) + -ma noun suffix denoting result
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Examples from the Web for coelom
Cardio-coelom: that part of the coelom that forms the pericardium.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
No other vertebrate has this precise disposition of the coelom.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
In the intestinal region the coelom is only present on the left side.
I, Coelom of the first somite which carries the antennae and is in front of the mouth.
The kidney duct is seen running along the roof of the coelom on either side.
esp US celom
- the body cavity of many multicellular animals, situated in the mesoderm and containing the digestive tract and other visceral organs
C19: from Greek koilōma cavity, from koilos hollow; see coel-
- The cavity formed by the splitting of the embryonic mesoderm into two layers; in mammals it then forms into the peritoneal, pleural, and pericardial cavities.
- The body cavity that forms from the mesoderm during the embryonic development of more complex animals. The coelom suspends the gut in fluid in the middle of the body, protecting it from gravity and allowing great increases in body size. The presence or absence of a coelom is important for the classification of animal phyla. See more at deuterostome protostome.
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