mesoderm

[ mez-uh-durm, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]
/ ˈmɛz əˌdɜrm, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə- /

noun Embryology.

the middle germ layer of a metazoan embryo.

Origin of mesoderm

First recorded in 1870–75; meso- + -derm

Related forms

mes·o·der·mal, mes·o·der·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesoderm

mesoderm

/ (ˈmɛsəʊˌdɜːm) /

noun

the middle germ layer of an animal embryo, giving rise to muscle, blood, bone, connective tissue, etcSee also ectoderm, endoderm

Derived Forms

mesodermal or mesodermic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for mesoderm

mesoderm

[ mĕzə-dûrm′ ]

n.

The middle embryonic germ layer, lying between the ectoderm and the endoderm, from which connective tissue, muscle, bone, and the urogenital and circulatory systems develop.

Related forms

mes′o•dermic adj.
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Science definitions for mesoderm

mesoderm

[ mĕzə-dûrm′ ]

The middle of the three primary germ layers of the embryos of vertebrates and other complex animals. In vertebrates, the mesoderm gives rise to the muscles, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, blood, blood and lymph vessels, dermis, kidneys, and gonads. The mesoderm develops during gastrulation from either the ectoderm or the endoderm. The embryos of simpler animals lack a mesoderm. Compare ectoderm endoderm.
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